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Mainstream teacher looking to go into SEN

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by somethingprofound, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    Hi there,

    I am a teacher with 6 years' experience working in mainstream schools. I have also worked as an LSA in a special school before qualifying, and I have done a couple of supply teaching days in special schools.

    At a recent special school teacher interview, I was turned down on the grounds that I didn't have as much SEN experience as other candidates. However, how can I gain this experience if no one will employ me without it?

    Many of the SEN teacher adverts I have seen accept NQTs, so is it just a matter of luck on the day? Or am I missing something that would give me an advantage?
     
  2. R13

    R13 Occasional commenter

    I can recall many interview situations at our special school where you could have had the same feedback but also others where you may have been the applicant with most experience! Times and situations change - don't give up yet!!
     
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  3. finfin

    finfin New commenter

    When I got my first job in a sen school it was due to a late resignation and I had taken redundancy so it all fell into place. In my current sen school there were 3 vacancies, 4 people applied, 3 of us had sen experience so they didn’t invite the 4th person for interview. It’s just the luck of the draw I’m afraid. But don’t give up.
     
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  4. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    Thank you for the advice :) it did seem to me that special schools would have to accept mainstreamers at some point so I do understand the randomness of it! I will persist :)
     
  5. craig_keane2002

    craig_keane2002 New commenter

    Most posts require you to have a postgraduate qualification in ALN/SEN.
     
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  6. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    I have seen posts that require further qualifications, but I've also seen posts that don't and they accept NQTs. Would that be a masters?
     
  7. craig_keane2002

    craig_keane2002 New commenter

    NQT Isn't the MA in ALN/SEN...
     
  8. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    Sorry, I don't understand.
     
  9. fluffy81212

    fluffy81212 New commenter

    I have been shortlisted for an interview for an sld/pmld job. I am an NQT with no specialist qualification although I was a TA in a specialist provision. There was no requirement on the job spec for specialist qualifications.
     
  10. fluffy81212

    fluffy81212 New commenter

    Thinking about my answer above though is possibly whether it is worth going for a TA/HLTA post in the kind of provision you are interested in?? I have no idea if it is enough but perhaps. Also a lot of it is down to the luck of the draw and who else is there competing for the job.
     
  11. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    That might possibly help. I've been shortlisted and interviewed for two SEN jobs and turned down for one, I am waiting to hear back from the other. So obviously the lack of experience doesn't put them off shortlisting me. I think on the day, there were some more experienced candidates.
     
  12. apapa

    apapa New commenter

    I moved from mainstream to SEN. My new employers were extremely grateful for my experience.

    We are a school that teach a differentiated version of the NC to children with ASD. If you find a similar school that teaches or aspires to teach the NC you may find your mainstream experience invaluable.

    Welcome to PM me for more info.
     
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  13. somethingprofound

    somethingprofound New commenter

    Thank you, that's really helpful to know. The school that turned me down had a lot of kids at very early P-scales with PMLD or SLD and I think they felt I wasn't as experienced with that level of complex needs. But if I aim for more of an ASD school, that might bear more fruit!
     
  14. apapa

    apapa New commenter

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