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Working in a special school, please help

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Heather1987, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Hello,

    I am an NQT who has been looking for job since qualifying in June 2010. I have recently seen two jobs advertised at special needs schools. I am just wondering if anyone who works in a special needs school could tell me what it is like? I have obviously met children with SEN but I am not sure what teaching lots of SEN children at once would be like? Can you follow the curriculum normally? What do you do in PE? How do you do child initiated activities?

    Any advice would be truly appreciated,

    Heather.
     
  2. Hello,

    I am an NQT who has been looking for job since qualifying in June 2010. I have recently seen two jobs advertised at special needs schools. I am just wondering if anyone who works in a special needs school could tell me what it is like? I have obviously met children with SEN but I am not sure what teaching lots of SEN children at once would be like? Can you follow the curriculum normally? What do you do in PE? How do you do child initiated activities?

    Any advice would be truly appreciated,

    Heather.
     
  3. dzil

    dzil Occasional commenter

    Hi,
    Can you give us a bit more information about what type of special school you are thinking about please?
    Pupile in SEN schools usually have greater needs than those in mainstream, but are taught in smaller classess (usually a teacher and a teaching assistant to 7 or 10 pupils, sometimes 2 or even 3 teaching assistants if there are pupils with greater needs or those who need moving and handling ) Teaching is usually intensive systematic and done in small steps. The national curriculum is usually followed but adapted to the levels of attainment and needs of the pupils. If you are thinking of working in a special school you really need to go and visit one or work for a few days on supply or as a volunteer with special children to get some experience and an idea of what is involved.
    I love it and wouldn't teach anywhere else, but its not for everyone.
     
  4. R13

    R13 New commenter

    Come and visit!

    If you aren't working full time you should contact a school and visit

    As a Head I'd be pleased to take a call from someone in your position and show you around and chat things through
     
  5. Thanks so much for your comments. I trained as an early years teacher, but many of the schools seem to cater for the entire age ranges. The jobs I was looking at were simply advertised as 'class teachers'.

    I think I will take your advice and a visit a school. I have lost my confidence since finishing my course in June, and everything seems a little daunting at the moment.

    Should I volunteer at the schools I am interested in or elsewhere to gain some experience first?

    Many thanks.
     
  6. R13

    R13 New commenter

    If you go in as a nervous looking volunteer you might find it more difficult to reassert yourself later as a teacher in charge of other adults as well as children. Just try a visit first and see what you think


     
  7. Hi
    Im Anita and have worked in a specialist school whilst working through supply. I wouldlove to keep helping these children i ama teaching assistant level 3buthave the experienceof a hlta as i have been doing intervention work suchasliteracynumeracy and phonics to sen children and also children whoare eal low ability
    If you have anyvacancies plz e-mail me.

    Regards Anita.
     
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