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Will SEN TA work help me get a SEN Teaching job?

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by fishtoe, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Hi all. And thanks for reading.
    I'm on supply working as a 1:1 TA with an ASD pupil. I took the post at the beginning of September when there wasn't much supply about. I am a qualified primary teacher with many years experience. I am hoping to get into SEN teaching. As it is 1:1 I'm planning all the work and sorting out resources, my teaching experience has been invaluable to do this.
    My only fear is that I've taken a step backwards. I hope not as I have learnt so much about Autism in the last few weeks and am continuingly searching out info on the internet.
    Any advice. I have seen a Masters in Autism would this help??

    Thank you
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    You give the impression that you want to ' specialise ' in ASD but your post ' opens with 'SEN teaching' ? Can you clarify how you want your career to progress ?
  3. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Thank you minnie me for your reply.
    You ask how I want my career to progress I want to make the step from being a supply ETA in a special school to being a teacher in a special school. I am already a qualified and experienced primary teacher.
    I am hoping this experience will be to my advantage.

    As I haven't seen any other SEN courses. (I think you have to be employed in a mainsteam school to take the SENCo course) I was planning to take a masters in autism. Does anyone know if you took a ta role in a mainstream school and you are a qualified teacher can you take the SENCo course.

    Many thanks in advance for all your support.
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I know of one special school where a teacher is SENCO is being funded by the setting to do the Award although special schools do not legally have to do this. I think on this occasion it was the wish of the Head and the person with the responsibility. Makes sense to me. To my knowledge funding to pursue the accreditation is only available to new colleagues in post or those who have been appointed and about to take up the post - so it is not an option for just anyone who wants to do it. I have worked on the award and to be honest I have often felt it is not fit for purpose as it really does not clarify the practical issues of the day to day management of the job which most inexperienced colleagues need to priortise . Great that it offers opportunities for reading, research and reflection but only assuming you have experience on which TO reflect - but what do I know ? Many colleagues drift into special and learn on the job . I think it is more about the kind of person / skill set you are / have which may lead to success in special ? I did some MA modules ( evening ) over a period of time to give me the theory behind the practice in SEND and then had some specialist subject management responsibilty before taking up a position as Head of Curriculum Support ( Secondary ). Anyone can gain knowledge re SEND from the net- the capacity to impact on provision requires other types of experience and strengths however. Good Luck.
  5. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    You don't need any special qualifications to become a SEN teacher (apart from QTS of course). Most schools provide training on the job. You will however be asked why you want to move to special and to answer that, experience as a TA might help.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    There is a formal qualification for SENDCOs now and it also qualifies as the first year of the masters in special needs. That would help you step up in your role.
  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    .....assuming she is IN post or about to TAKE UP a post. Studying at Masters level does not necessarily equate with having the essentials to act as an an effective SENCO although I do appreciate that for some working towards this can be challenging ( in a good way ! ) and fulfilling.
  8. veneris

    veneris New commenter

    It will help a little but general TA supply in a special school would be more helpful. The Senco qualification is less useful unless you want to be a Senco and you would find it difficult to do in your present role due to the nature of the assignments. A Masters unit or two in autism signifies commitment but for some units again you need access to specialist practice.
  9. klauren

    klauren New commenter

    I became a teacher in a special school by taking up a TA role there. (This was after quite a few years in mainstream). I was worried it may look like a step backwards too, but wanted to make sure sen was something I could do! I was offered a teaching role within a few weeks. Most Special schools I know are constantly looking for new TA's. Have you tried applying for a teaching or TA role at a special school?
  10. JulesDaulby

    JulesDaulby Occasional commenter

    I don't think being a TA will affect your chances of SEN teaching; if anything it may help.

    I think you need to decide which route to take - SENDCO would put you back in mainstream but your Masters in Autism will complement the move to SEN teacher.

    I recommend that you contact some Heads in Special Schools; explain your situation and see what they recommend. Alternatively, if it is SEN in mainstream you are more interested in then the SENCO course may suit you more. You could theoretically do at your current school if SENCO/Head support it.
  11. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Thank you all for your replies. I will contact some other special schools directly to see what they think.
    JulesDaulby likes this.

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