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NQT year in SEN

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by livi_rachel_whitehouse, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. livi_rachel_whitehouse

    livi_rachel_whitehouse New commenter


    I am currently heading into the second term of my PGCE year and I am specialising in SEND. However, whilst all my peers also on this specialism are doing their middle placement in an SEN setting, I have been placed in a mainstream school but in a class with a couple of students with significant needs. I do have some experience in SEN settings from my undergraduate degree but I am aware that it is not close to as much experience as the rest of my SEN pathway peers and would not be enough to secure an NQT year/future teaching post at an SEND school.

    My question is, if I want to pursue a career in the SEND school environment, would it be sensible to work for a year or so as an LSA/HLTA in an SEND school to further my knowledge and experience? I feel that my passion for education lies in this area but that I need to further my own confidence and experience. I have heard some people give warnings that not going straight into NQT year after PGCE can be detrimental and I have also heard opposing views? Can anyone give any advice?

    Thank you in advance!

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