Special needs teachers work with children, young people and adults who need extra support or require an advanced programme of learning in order to reach their educational potential.
Special needs teachers work with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, learning disabilities such as dyslexia, conditions like autism and so many varied conditions that affect individual learning.
Special needs teachers play a vital role in the learning process for people with difficulties, but they may also work with individuals that are highly gifted and talented.
A major role for special needs teachers is identifying the needs of individual and being able to create a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment.
In order to do this special needs teachers need to prepare lessons and resources, develop and adapt conventional teaching methods to meet each individual’s needs. Understanding and being able to utilise special equipment and facilities like adapted computers or teaching in Braille or sign language can be essential. The role of a special needs teacher can vary depending on the facility they work in as well as the pupils they are teaching.
Special needs teachers have to be a qualified teacher status (QTS) and at times have some of the following qualifications: Postgraduate certificate of education (PGCE), School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT), Bachelor of Education (Bed) or School Direct programs.
To be an effective special needs teacher there are four vital skills needed which are enthusiasm, imagination, commitment and energy. In addition to that having an observant and responsive approach, patience, organised, having initiative amongst other skills will make one an effective special needs teacher.
Employers of special needs teacher are usually mainstream schools, local authorities, community homes, hospital schools or youth custody centres.
The opportunity to take on supply work, permanent or temporary teaching is always available for special needs teachers through Safehands.
Private tutoring, volunteering or working abroad can also be an option for special needs teachers.
Career progression for special needs teachers can lead to being a special needs coordinators or becoming an educational inspector for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) and some may take the path of being special needs assessment officers or take advantage of other career progression opportunities.
Special needs teaching assisted jobs and special needs teaching jobs are available through recruitment agencies like Safehands Recruitment who recruit for special needs school jobs or learning disability school jobs for highly prestigious clients.
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