Special education teachers (SEN) work with children or yound adults who suffer from learning difficulties, including physical, sensory, emotional, language or behavioural difficulties.
Key responsibilities as a special education needs teacher:
- Teaching smaller groups of students with various education needs.
- Preparation and delivery of lessons that cater to the wide ranging abilities of the class.
- Ensuring a safe and comfortable learning environment, allowing for full learning potential to be reached.
- Regular assessments and feedback to colleagues and carers/parents.
- Meeting with other contacts where appropriate (doctors, carers/parents, speech or behavioural therapists, physiotherapists etc) to ensure learning methods are tailored to the student’s needs.
- Organising activities, classroom displays and class trips
- Assisting with the care and medical requirements of those severely disabled
- Attending meetings and in-service training
A good special education needs teacher:
- Desire to help those needing specific
- Are able to adapt the National Curriculum to individuals where required.
- Strong in dealing with challenging situations
- Knowledge of various learning methods to suit the individual.
- Ability to use initiative when planning learning methods.
- Calm, patient manner