- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
- knowledge of English language
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- knowledge of psychology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- plan lessons and prepare teaching materials
- teach whole class lessons, work with small groups and support pupils individually
- help pupils develop self-confidence, independence and skills for life
- manage pupils' behaviour, motivate and encourage them to learn
- mark and assess work
- take registers and write reports
You'll sometimes also:
- work with specialist teaching services, medical staff, therapists and psychologists
- talk to parents and carers about their children's progress
- attend meetings, statutory reviews and training workshops
- organise outings, school social activities and sporting events
- run training sessions for other teaching staff on special needs issues
You could work at a school, at a special needs school or at a pupil referral unit.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You could become a special needs co-ordinator, head of department, deputy head or headteacher in your school, through training and promotion.
You can discover more about how to become a teacher from Get Into Teaching.
You can also search for jobs through the Teaching Vacancies service.