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Secondary school teacher TO SEN teacher?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by r15nks, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. r15nks

    r15nks New commenter

    Hi I have recently quit my job and I am looking for a new challenge still working with young people. I am considering trying SEN schools.

    Can anyone advise is this a good move? How can I train myself or what approach can I take when applying as I have never worked in an SEN school?

  2. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    It depends on you as an individual, so only you will know the answer to that. It could depend on why you left your recent teaching post. It could also depend on your subject specialism and willingness to teach other ages/subjects. Also, bear in mind that SEN schools are very wide ranging, so some might suit you and some might not.
    I left mainstream teaching and had no intention of going back, but did supply teaching while studying and ended up in a totally different teaching setting (LAC & SEBD), in which I had no prior experience and where I would never have imagined myself, and I loved it and never left! Overworked and underpaid, but so much job satisfaction! Definitely no intentions of going back to mainstream!
    Having said that, I tried a couple of different SEN schools whilst on supply (autism, physical disabilities) and they really weren't for me.
    I'd recommend signing up with an agency and telling them that you'd like to try SEN schools but be honest about your lack of experience in those settings and your desire to try new challenges. A good agency will snap you up and send you to a selection of different settings, which will help you decide for yourself.

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