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Titch77
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I hope to be doing Childcare level 1 in September at college. I was first thinking of being a Teaching assistant for Special needs kids but now want to teach them but I am scared because I have special needs myself I will fail. Any advice please? Or should I not do it 🤔🤷🏾*♀️
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Hi

I hope to be doing Childcare level 1 in September at college. I was first thinking of being a Teaching assistant for Special needs kids but now want to teach them but I am scared because I have special needs myself I will fail. Any advice please? Or should I not do it 🤔🤷🏾*♀️
Hey there, sorry you've not had any answers to this yet - SarcAndSpark or 04MR17 may be able to answer some of your questions
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You'll find many people who work in the field of SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) - including teachers - have some connection to special needs themselves. I had a statement for ADHD when at school and am about to start my NQT year, hoping to specialise in SEND teaching. A colleague of mine is on the Autustic spectrum and works as an HLTA. In summary, it's not just possible, but common! Don't worry.
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Cheers the skills test and fitness to teach freaked me out as I cant do maths 🤷🏾
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You'll find many people who work in the field of SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) - including teachers - have some connection to special needs themselves. I had a statement for ADHD when at school and am about to start my NQT year, hoping to specialise in SEND teaching. A colleague of mine is on the Autustic spectrum and works as an HLTA. In summary, it's not just possible, but common! Don't worry.
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Hi

I hope to be doing Childcare level 1 in September at college. I was first thinking of being a Teaching assistant for Special needs kids but now want to teach them but I am scared because I have special needs myself I will fail. Any advice please? Or should I not do it 🤔🤷🏾*♀️
I think the best thing to do is to focus on your college course first and see if you enjoy it! I think then it would be great to get some work experience as a TA to see if you like working in education.

To become a teacher you will need a degree level qualification, and if you are only just starting level 1, you're probably a way off that. Therefore it makes sense to test out the career to see if you like it before making a big commitment.

Many teachers and TAs do have SEN needs themselves, and it can make them more empathetic to the needs of their students- with the right support it's not necessarily a barrier to success.

Good luck with your course!
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Thank you for your advice, I will stop stressing now 😂
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I think the best thing to do is to focus on your college course first and see if you enjoy it! I think then it would be great to get some work experience as a TA to see if you like working in education.

To become a teacher you will need a degree level qualification, and if you are only just starting level 1, you're probably a way off that. Therefore it makes sense to test out the career to see if you like it before making a big commitment.

Many teachers and TAs do have SEN needs themselves, and it can make them more empathetic to the needs of their students- with the right support it's not necessarily a barrier to success.

Good luck with your course!
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Titch, at the school where I work lots of people spend a year or two working as a TA and then decide if they want to train to teach. So I agree that you should concentrate on your course for now and then think about getting some work experience in a school. Good Luck
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