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Preparing for an interview in SEN

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by See_Elle, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. See_Elle

    See_Elle New commenter

    I have an interview coming up does not involve an example lesson, it is solely relying on the interview. The job is working in SEN, can anyone suggest any likely questions that could come up?
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    What type of SEN ? Is it a teaching role ? More detail would help
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  3. Talc_1234

    Talc_1234 New commenter

    Happened to me once although they did ask me to fulfill a TA role in a literacy lesson so they could see how I interacted with the kids. The job itself was for a science HoD role and I was asked to present how I would adapt the physics syllabus to meet the needs of children with mild - moderate learning disabilities. Plus management and general questions. The interview was about 30 minutes
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  4. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    You could get asked questions about the Code of Practice SEND (2014), how you would implement it etc... other popular areas could be asking for examples of your experience in:
    Multi Agency working
    Contribution to Annual Reviews
    Implementation/planning of Individual Education Plans/Pupil Centred Plans
    Involving parents and pupils in provision
    Strategies for behaviour management
    Use of assessment/tracking systems to show progress, when the usual systems don't show it.
    Knowledge of interventions/adaptations/ reasonable adjustments under the Disability Equality Laws, to support pupils with different types of SEND. Get conversant with the categories of SEND and some examples of how you might help pupils with various difficulties or disabilities under each area. Good luck.
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  5. See_Elle

    See_Elle New commenter

    Thanks, the role is teaching. I currently work in SEN but more with BESD, whereas this role works with SEN students with complex difficulties, medical issues and communication difficulties.
  6. minnie me

    minnie me Lead commenter

    I think having worked with students with BEMH you can use your experience to talk about your 'transferable skills ' . I think you will have to do your homework re the types of SEND you are likely to address in this position but google is your friend !
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  7. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    All of the above and also consider having a bank of ‘examples’ in your head eg how you engaged a difficult child, an example where a child made accelerated progress etc etc.
    They will want to know lots about impact eg ‘how will you know you’re successful’.
    Undoubtably Safeguarding will come up.
    They will ask how you worked effectively in a team (or something to that nature).
  8. See_Elle

    See_Elle New commenter

    I have just found our that I got the job, thank you for your help, time to write up my resignation letter now!!!!
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  9. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    Congratulations, that’s wonderful. Hope you really enjoy it.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.

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