Prospective Teacher FAQs

We’ve answered some of prospective teachers’ frequently asked questions below, about different teaching roles, their value, and what they involve.

Category: SEN teaching
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.

Usually, teacher supply agencies will require you to submit your CV, after which they’ll fit you with suitable teaching roles that fit well with your experience, job requirements, qualifications and personality. Agencies can also help source accommodation for teachers who need to travel for work.

As of September 2021, NQT year will be 2 years long, in order to further support newly qualified teachers in the UK.

Supply teacher salaries are paid by the day, depending on the length of work. Usually, they earn somewhere between £100-£150 per day. This increases depending on extra specialities such as SEN teaching experience or additional vocational qualifications.

Once you find a teacher supply agency that you like, usually they will require you to send a CV and related documents in order to start the recruitment process.

Category: SEN teaching

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.

A supply teacher does essentially the same as a permanent teacher. They require the same qualifications but work in various schools teaching a wide range of students. Supply teaching can be good for qualified teachers who want to work part-time or improve their work-life balance.

Category: SEN teaching

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

Supply teacher agencies connect professional Supply Teachers and Teaching Assistants with schools that require pertinent or part-time teachers. Agencies act as a trusted middleman between schools looking for teachers, and teachers looking for schools – and charge by the day.

An NQT teacher is a newly qualified teacher who has recently reached qualified teacher status (QTS)

Category: SEN teaching

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.

Category: SEN teaching

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

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