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SEN Jobs: Which One is Right for You?

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago
  • Author: Charlotte Hodgson

​Are you considering a career in SEN teaching? With so many SEN jobs available, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for you. In this blog post, Charlotte, one of our SEN Specialist Consultants at Dunbar Education takes you through some of the different types of SEN jobs and what they entail, so you can make an informed decision on the best path forward. Whether you're looking to work with students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or mental health issues, there is sure to be an SEN job that suits your skills and interests.

SEN Classroom Teacher

SEN teachers need to be able to quickly assess the needs of their students and adapt their lesson plans to meet those needs. For example, an SEN teacher might need to provide visual cues or materials to help a student understand a concept they are having trouble with. Or they might use a more hands-on approach when teaching a student with physical disabilities. SEN teachers must have a deep understanding of the various types of SEN and how best to teach and communicate with each student. They must be able to identify individual needs and provide resources to support those needs.

SEN teachers must also be adept at managing behaviour and helping their students become independent learners. This can include providing strategies to assist with their cognitive and sensory challenges, as well as building self-esteem and self-confidence. SEN teachers must also be able to work effectively as part of a team, often working with other staff members, such as SEN teaching assistants and Speech and Language Therapists, in order to create an effective learning environment for the student.

Overall, becoming an SEN teacher is both rewarding and challenging, but it is an incredibly important job in the world of education. With the right skills and knowledge, you can make a real difference in the lives of your students.

SEN Teaching Assistant

As a SEN Teaching Assistant, you'll need to be able to show patience and communication skills, as well as an understanding of how to interact with students who may have mental or social challenges. You should be prepared to form strong bonds with SEN children and be eager to promote cultural development in the classroom.

You should also be able to work closely with the teacher you'll be assisting in order to provide the most effective support possible. This includes being open to learning new ways of teaching and communicating and having a calm and effective approach to behavior management.

Ultimately, the job of an SEN Teaching Assistant is to ensure that each student is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential. It's a rewarding role that can help make a difference in the lives of many SEN students.

Learning Support Officer

As a Learning Support Officer, you will be working closely with both teachers and students to ensure that each student's needs are met in the most effective way.

Your main responsibility will be to provide tailored learning support to those students with SEN. This could involve helping students develop appropriate learning strategies, providing support for lesson planning, and even assisting with administrative tasks. You might also be involved in preparing and delivering lessons, as well as monitoring student progress and reporting back to teachers.

Working as a Learning Support Officer is a rewarding role. You will have the opportunity to see firsthand the positive impact your work has on the students you are supporting. As you become more experienced, you may even take on additional responsibilities such as coordinating SEN provision within the school, or even leading whole-class teaching sessions.

Wrapping up...

When it comes to SEND jobs, the opportunities are vast and varied. From classroom-based teaching roles to more specialised positions, you can find a role that suits your skillset and experience. Whether you’re a new graduate or an experienced SEN teacher, there’s something out there for everyone.

By registering with us, you can easily search through the latest SEND jobs and find the one that’s right for you. Our team is always on hand to answer any questions you might have and guide you through the process. We want to make sure that you find the perfect job to kick-start your career.

So, why wait? Register today and start your journey to find the ideal SEND job for you!