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Hi. I am very interested in going into teaching more into the SEN area; helping children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. I have been looking at PGCE and early years courses and then specialise in special needs after. I have been reading online about special needs and teachers in the UK. I don't want to make a mistake and be a teacher in this country if the education field is failing, especially in the special needs area. I really don't know what to do. Many thanks
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(Original post by alizehlatif)
Hi. I am very interested in going into teaching more into the SEN area; helping children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. I have been looking at PGCE and early years courses and then specialise in special needs after. I have been reading online about special needs and teachers in the UK. I don't want to make a mistake and be a teacher in this country if the education field is failing, especially in the special needs area. I really don't know what to do. Many thanks
Hiya, first of all great that you're interested, and that you have specialisms in mind. What qualifications are you currently doing/have recently done?

It is possible to specialise in special needs areas during teacher training here.

In terms of policy at the moment the picture for education doesn't look great anyway. There's a general lack of funding for schools and special needs being more resource intensive (in terms of more staff per student) schools are forces to prioritise the greater good of the mainstream pupils at the disadvantage of those in need of additional support (at least, that's what I've seen happening in schools). Thing about UK Education policy is it changes like a pendulum as each government changes, so it's constantly being reformed. While this can add to job insecurity it does mean that any current situation in terms of the place of special needs funding won't be the same forever.
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If you are driven and really want to do well, teaching as a career offers many routes for progression and development. The money isn't bad, and in some schools, with certain responsibilities and experience, pay can be negotiated to quite a high scale.

It's the workload that you will need to think long and hard about. Teaching is a very busy and fast-paced job. Teachers are under pressure to improve pupil learning in any way they can, and senior leaders are often just implementing new actions and policies, which on the whole seems to add to workload, not ease it.

There are researchers such as Dylan Wiliam, working on providing evidence-based research to show that, for instance, book marking can be supplemented by verbal feedback and lesson resourcing instead, to improve pupil learning, but that work is quite a way off from having effects on workloads.

From September until July, you will be working more than you will be relaxing. Work comes home with you, and only very skillful, 'smart working' teachers, manage to have more than 3 full nights off a week.
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I would say yes! It is definitely worth becoming a teacher right now. I would describe our education system as changing rather than failing. Every school however is it’s own tiny microcosm and by no means are schools failing.

Many schools are thriving, many schools are full of happy teachers. I work in one of them! I work in the SEN dept of a large comprehensive, I am truly happy, my colleagues are happy, my progression opportunities are fantastic.

Choose the right school, find positive, happy people, and the job will be worth it.

Find negative people in a horrible, hostile school with a self-destructive, over-working attitude, and you will be miserable. The same in any organisation.

Hope this helps! Lucy
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