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Training in Secondary History but want to work in special schools.

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by BlueOctopus, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. BlueOctopus

    BlueOctopus New commenter

    Hi all,

    I have posted a similar thread in the trainee forum but I just wanted to know if you think it would be possible to move from secondary to Special school.

    Basically I have chosen the wrong thing to train in, I went with my head not my heart and am now regretting it.

    Prior to teacher training I was a 1 to 1 SEN TA. ( then did a couple years as a cover supervisor 1 of them doing special needs lunch club) I was lead practitioner for autism at a primary school and liased with the team from the LA.

    I have never felt so fulfilled as when I was working with children with SEN, I did a training placement for my TA course in a PMLD class but couldn't find a job in the area so went to a mainstream school with enhanced provision.

    I did secondary as I did not think I had a wide enough general knowledge for primary and do genuinely love history. I just know in my heart that although I enjoy teaching history it isn't where I want to be.

    Do you think once I get QTS (as I have to continue I can't afford to drop out and start again) it would be possible to move across to special schools? I very much doubt that I would find a Special School willing to take me as an Nqt but is it a realistic aim do you think?

    Many Thanks
  2. Flanks

    Flanks Established commenter

    I know plenty of special schools who take nqts.

    No amount of training in advance helps with a special school, it has to be at the coal face. If you see posts being advertised, just enquire whether they would consider an nqt and apply if they say yes.

    With your CV I would have thought you would be a credible candidate.
  3. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    I agree with Flanks. I don't think you'd have a problem - you have the experience and you will have the QTS. I know of many teachers who have done their NQT year in a special school, their PGCEs have been in primary or secondary, science, music , English, history, geography, maths, anything really - you need enthusiasm, love of special and the QTS. The school will expect to support you with the rest.
  4. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Agree with above advice!! A special school will snap you up. Google job adverts and see what they are looking for. I’m sure with all your experience, as long as you make it clear, you’ll be fine. Try and teach children with send on your course. Can you shadow the SENCo or at least meet with them? Can you chat to the send governor.Also worth making links with the local special schools in your area.
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  5. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    good point tiny cat. Our school (special SLD PMLD) has supported student teaching practice placements in the past.
  6. Bluebellpettle

    Bluebellpettle New commenter

    I went from secondary to Special, (I did work in mainstream first however). Look for a school that is open to mainstream trained teachers, some actively advertise for them, this is what I did. I did transtion into special school with a secondary aged class ( academically P level- NC 3 level. It is doable though.
  7. MikeH

    MikeH New commenter

    I was a D&T teacher in a large mainstream, but had an interest in the lower ability classes. I offer to teach them....nobody else wanted to! I also linked up with the SEN dept & SENCo. After a couple of months, the deputy SENCo left & I got the job. After a few years, the paperwork was spoiling my enjoyment of teaching. So I saw a job for a D&T in a Special School for AS & ASD students. I have never looked back!
    I'll be honest, it's not easy, but the enjoyment I get out of teaching our kids is massive.
    Look for schools that have academically higher students than other special schools (i.e. with Aspergers/Autistic students!), as these tend to have specialist subject teachers in their secondary departments, whereas most special schools have age-based classes, all the way through primary to secondary.
    If I could give you advice, offer yourself up for SEN in mainstream & get experience. Then go for it .... you will NEVER look back!
    Good Luck
    blueskydreaming likes this.

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