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Special educational needs (SEN) teacher

Special educational needs (SEN) teachers work with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

Potential salary

£26,582 to £44,849

Employment by 2024

+4.83%

Working hours

36 to 38 term time

  • 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

You will:

  • 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.

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