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New to SEN... tips?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by rh199, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. rh199

    rh199 New commenter

    Hello all,

    I’m moving from mainstream to SEN teaching in September and really excited but also a bit nervous!

    I was just wondering if any experienced SEN teachers have any tips or anything they wish they knew when they first started?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    It's difficult to talk about this in the abstract. It all depends what your starting point is. Just to be clear:
    * Which mainstream sector were you working in, primary or secondary (if secondary, which subjects did you teach?), and which age range are you moving to in SEND?
    * What experience of teaching students with SEND have you already had in mainstream education, if any? If so, what range of needs have you met? (e.g. sensory impairment, cognitive diffiulties, communicative and interactive difficulties, social, emotional and mental health)
    * When you say you are moving from maintream to SEN teaching, do you mean you are moving to a special school? If so, which types of SEND does that school specialise in?
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  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    SEND - indeed ? ! If you want help you really need to be more specific ...
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  4. Jo3Grace

    Jo3Grace New commenter

    Welcome to a wonderful world where sensory adventures await you!

    I am guessing that you will be starting at a mixed ability special school.

    If so you may find some of the free inclusive teaching resources on www.thesensoryprojects.co.uk useful. If you will be supporting learners with complex disabilities then the course

    Sensory Engagement for Sensory Beings: a beginners guide will be relevant. It is due to run in Birmingham and London in the autumn term. Perhaps your new school will let you attend.
    (Information about it is under thr courses and conferences section of the website mentioned above).

    Feel free to come and connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, I am always happy to help people looking for ideas to engage children with complex disabilities and never remember to reply to messages here!

    Best wishes
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