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SEND school interview

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by charlouking, May 16, 2016.

  1. charlouking

    charlouking New commenter

    Help needed please.

    I have always wanted to work in an SEN school, however I always assumed it would be later in my teaching career.

    However a position has come up in a local school and I have been offered an interview. The only issue is my SEN experience, I will be an NQT next year and whilst during my SCITT training I have had experience with SEN pupils it has only been a small proportion of each class.

    I have been asked to give a presentation on how I will engage students and rise to the challenge of SEN, as well as teach a lesson on weather and climate. Are there any ideas or tips anyone could give me? It would be much appreciated.

    I really am prepared to rise to the challenge and take on a new learning experience, however I am not quite sure where to start.

    Sorry for the long post,

    Thank you.
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Can you be a bit more specific about the nature of the students with SEND ? This will help colleagues better target their responses to your request.
  3. charlouking

    charlouking New commenter

    Unfortunately I don't have many details about the students yet.

    I do know that the school is a specialist provision school for pupils with complex learning difficulties and ASD.

    Thanks :)
  4. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    Hi @charlouking,

    Congratulations on securing an interview! I'm an NQT in a SEN school and love it. I did my training in the same school as well and also was a TA there so it was easier for me to prepare for the interview last year.

    Giving ideas for lessons is considered not so good practice here because it might actually turn against you. I've read @TheoGriff saying a few times that there might be multiple candidates turning up for interview with the exact same lesson planned because they all got the same idea from here.

    I think a good starting point is to look beyond the label and treat each student as an individual. Avoid things like: "all ASD students have sensory issues so I have to avoid messy play".

    Try to get some information about the class you need to teach; age, needs, levels, size, number of TAs, etc.

    Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or would like to share experiences. Your school sounds a lot like mine!

    Good luck,

  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Spot on, @sofia_sen .

    Well done on getting that interview @charlouking, and although I wouldn't presume to give you any tips about a SEND lesson, I will give you the links to the interview advice articles.

    Interviews advice: I have included here links that may not be relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Does calling for a reference mean that you've been shortlisted for interview? ***NEW ***

    Help, I've got an interview! *** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews *** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question? *** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    Best wishes for the interview

  6. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    There may be any number of approrpaite things to suggest as activities for such a lesson but you need far more information from the school.

    What age range are the pupils? what ability range? how long is the lesson to be? Will there be any additional adult support? etc etc etc

    As for the interview do the Mind mapping as per the post above - BEST THING I EVER DID! And prep your USPs.

    Don't worry about being an NQT they know that and they still shortlisted you. I NQT-ed in a special school and plenty of others do too - see sofia_SEN above too.

    you can do it!

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