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SENCo to Special?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by BunmbleBee, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. BunmbleBee

    BunmbleBee New commenter

    Not been on here for a while, but would like your opinions please, here goes...
    I have been SENCo in the same mainstream school for 6 years - have National SENCo Qualification & NPQML. I have seen a job opportunity working as Class Teacher in a special school but don't have experience of working with children below P7.
    Should I apply or am I out of my depth?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Is anyone ever specifically trained to work with students in Special ? I suspect it is more about having transferable skills and a steep learning curve.
  3. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    The very few teachers who were trained for mainstream and had extra specifically for special schools (way back in the late 1970's and early 1980se pre and peri Warnock) are coming tho the end of their careers, so not many of us have had training before working in special, but special schools do a lot of on the job training and expect to provide a lot of support to the right candidate.
    It is a very steep learning curve, but well worth it if the job is for you. If you are really interested I'd say apply and see how it goes.
    Get back in touch for ideas and support when you've got an interview! (PM me if you want.)
    ScotSEN likes this.
  4. BunmbleBee

    BunmbleBee New commenter

    Thank you guys
  5. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    I have transferred after 4 years as SENDCO to a specialist unit.

    I would agree - a steep but enjoyable learning curve - and just be aware - a great deal of what you have learnt about classroom management and teaching approach as a mainstream teacher will become useless in special as the approach is so different. Just be open to changing a lot about your approach.

    The knowledge of the paperwork and management side of it that comes with being SENDCO will be very useful!

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