A day in the life of a SEN Teacher
Being a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher is a highly rewarding career where those involved can make a real difference in the education of others.
Although teaching children with special educational needs and disabilities is not without its challenges, such roles are pivotal to ensuring that all children can achieve their potential.
Specialist approaches may be required to engage with pupils, but there is often plenty of flexibility when it comes to finding ways of delivering teaching that works best.
Where do SEN teachers work?
The majority of SEN teachers work in mainstream schools, while others may take roles in special schools, supporting those with a range of needs including physical, learning and behavioural difficulties.
Those in the main school network may have roles within classrooms or within specialist units, often supporting pupils with autism spectrum disorder or physical and sensory impairments.
It’s important to recognise that all pupils will have differing needs, and SEN teachers have a key role in ensuring that the learning environment is safe, inspiring and supportive.
SEN teachers may also need to meet with the headteacher and board of governors to ensure that a school has taken all necessary steps and made adjustments where necessary in line with the Equality Act 2010.
What duties will a SEN teacher have?
From welcoming pupils to class and creating a positive atmosphere in the classroom to spending one-on-one time providing pupil support, the duties of a SEN teacher vary greatly.
A key aspect of the role relates to lesson planning, as teaching pupils with special educational needs often requires different techniques and approaches to mainstream learning.
As a result, more thought and energy must be put into the planning of lessons to ensure that all pupils can benefit.
Other aspects of the work relate to marking and assessment, alongside developing methods of boosting pupil’s self-confidence and independence.
Given the nature of the role, a SEN teacher will also work with medical staff and therapists to ensure that the education on offer is meeting the needs of pupils while keeping parents and carers informed of progress.
A key part of the role relates to building relationships with all parties, while schools may also expect staff to assist with social activities, sporting events and school outings.
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