Working within Special Educational Needs is the provision of extra learning support to children and young adults so that they can reach their full educational potential. This can be within mainstream schools or specialist SEN schools, who cater for students with more complex and severe needs.
This will include working with those who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), associated with speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties, dyslexia, autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.
There are various roles within SEN, the duties will vary according to the role you take.
Depending on the role and where you work you (mainstream or specialist SEN schools) you will be required to undertake specialist training such as Team Teach and Mapper, Hoist and PEG training.
Teaching the National Curriculum either to a mixed ability class in a mainstream school or in a dedicated SEN school.
A Qualified Teachers Status is essential to work as an SEN Teacher in a mainstream school. While most specialist SEN schools also require QTS status, this is not always essential.
Duties will include:
The salary for a SEN Teacher is determined by the National Teachers Main Pay Scales. Your position on the pay scale depends on the area you work in, your qualifications and experience. You may only get paid for the weeks you work during term time. As a guide you can expect to earn:
|Entry MPS1||Experienced MPS3||Highly Experienced MPS6|
|Salary||£23,720 to £29,664||£27,652 to £32,837||£35,008 to £40,372|
After gaining experience and expertise you have the opportunity to progress into leadership and head of year roles where salaries starts at £36,646 and can rise to £116,738.
Note: Salary details are a guide only and obtained from www.neu.org.uk ‘Main Pay Scales (2018/2019)’
Working under the supervision of the teacher to help prepare learning material in relation to the National Curriculum.
Duties will include:
Salaries vary depending on your experience and the education authority you might work for. As a guide you can expect to earn:
|Salary||£11,500 to £14,000||£15,000 to £17,000||£18,000 to £23,000|
Outreach support workers and tutors are social services employees that carry out their work in the field. This means, rather than working primarily in an office or clinical setting, outreach workers instead often go to their clients to provide their services. This is because, those in need of support are not able to access the required services so easily. They may have mental health problems, disabilities, behavioral issues, run away from home, be homeless, don’t have the money to pay for such services or have been subjected to violence, abuse, drug addiction and be facing family difficulties.
The responsibility of outreach support workers and tutors is to create and monitor Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and plans of work with the support of the Case Coordinator. The day-to-day job duties will vary as it is dependent on the needs of the client. However, the overall aim would always be to help the client overcome the issues and stressors in their lives so that it improves their overall well-being and function at a greater level; leading to a happy and healthy life.
Some of the tasks would include providing educational courses and skill-building exercises, organizing community events, advocacy, serving as a mentor to support them with social and emotional development needs. There will be instances where support workers and tutors will need to work with external services such as local professionals, charities and authorities.
After gaining experience and expertise you have the opportunity to progress into an SEN co-ordinator, leadership or head of year roles. In specialist SEN schools you could progress to a deputy or head teacher.