What does an SEN teacher do?

Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers help children and young people who require extra support with their learning in a classroom setting. SEN teachers can work within mainstream schools, be that in a mixed class or special class, or they can work in SEN schools. An SEN teacher will be responsible for students with: ● Visual or hearing impairment ● Behavioural or emotional problems ● Specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia ● Mild to moderate learning difficulties ● Physical disabilities

What skills does an SEN teacher need?

● Empathy ● Compassion ● Patience ● Strong communication skills ● Adaptability ● Creativity

How do I become an SEN teacher?

It takes about 4 years to become a fully qualified SEN teacher. You’ll need to get your degree, relevant experience, and your Qualified Teacher Status. After all of this, you can start applying to teaching agencies and get help searching for job vacancies.

Is it good to be an SEN teacher?

Becoming an SEN teacher is incredibly rewarding. It comes with its challenges at times, but it really pays off. Whether you’re working in a specialist SEN school or a mainstream school, SEN teaching is very valuable and important in the community.

What qualifications do you need to be an SEN teacher?

In most schools, to become an SEN teacher, it is essential to be a qualified teacher within a mainstream school, but it is not always essential. SEN teachers can also work in colleges and sixth forms. Extra specialised SEN teaching courses that you’ve completed always help make you stand out from the crowd. So, if you’re looking to become an SEN teacher, try to get as much relevant experience as you can.