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Specialist teacher advice needed!!

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by elliefsmall, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. elliefsmall

    elliefsmall New commenter

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to become a specialist autism or PMLD teacher? I have done a number of searches but all I ever seem to get are job adverts.

    Thanks Ellie
  2. cingirl

    cingirl New commenter

    I would start by getting some experience in both fields and see where your heart really lies, then sign up to some appropriate courses that will support you in your teaching. I'm not sure how others got started but I had an existing interest in Autism so took postgraduate courses whilst teaching in a Special school environment that enabled me to develop my expertise in this field, and have since developed my skills in teaching PMLD students also through experience and attending courses that have informed my teaching. I would say that I am based in a Special School however, which helps. Hope that's of some use anyway.
  3. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    You need to be a qualified teacher with QTS, then apply for a teaching job in a special school. They will train you on the job and through insett courses.
    If you are looking for some initial teacher training with an opportunity to study modules in autism or PMLD there are a couple of good ones. Post again if this is the case and we will try to advise.
    Jo Grace (sensory projects website and occasional poster on this forum) is an expert in both fields and has written few useful books that are very practical and accessible.
    Flanks likes this.
  4. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    There is no set qualification other than QTS. It is often a person spec for such teaching and no amount of theory or qualification work can prepare you for the huge variation in specialist teaching.
    dzil likes this.
  5. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    @elliefsmall I have only just seen this - if you are still after advice do please start a direct message with me :D

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