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You Can Be a Special Needs Teacher!

By Claire (Auckland Consultant - Protocol Education)

If I can do it, so can you! Integration isn’t so big in the UK, and there are a range of SEN (Special Education Needs) schools around. MLD (Moderate Learning Difficulty) schools cater for low SEN needs, including mild autism and down syndrome. Ratios are 1:3 in primary, and about 1:12 in secondary schools. You don’t need a SEN qualification to teach in the schools, just the right attitude, and perhaps some experience with students who have been integrated into your mainstream class. I started out doing daily supply to have a go, and build up my confidence. Soon I was teaching a class of 9 Year 3 children, with two teacher aides, in a purpose built school. This experience was one of the real highlights of my time in the UK, and I would really encourage you to grab the opportunity to have a go!
EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulty) schools are another environment you can teach in without SEN qualifications – these students are having trouble remaining in the mainstream environment, and need a lot of positive reinforcement – the environment is focussed on building up self esteem, and it's a rewarding experience to have.
If you are interested in having this opportunity, let us know – we have a fab SEN team based in London who are always on the look out for keen and positive teachers!
If you are interested in teaching in the UK, please click here to register with Protocol Education.
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