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How many times in your teaching career have you considered breaking from routine to try a new challenge? Over time, in any job, we can benefit from doing things differently and getting out of our comfort zone. Ambitious teachers often climb the career ladder in a traditional fashion – but there are other ways to stretch your talents.

Just imagine the rewards of working with SEND children. The knowledge of making a difference to the lives of those experiencing educational challenges – and seeing them shine – could result in professional and personal growth you could not have anticipated.

Teaching in SEND schools offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth. Educators are constantly challenged to adapt their teaching methods to meet the individual needs of each student, driving creativity, innovation, and resilience in their teaching methods. The diverse spectrum of abilities and disabilities present in SEND schools cultivates a rich learning environment, where teachers continually refine their skills and deepen their understanding of inclusive education practices. This immersive experience enhances pedagogical expertise and nurtures empathy and compassion, essential qualities for effective teaching in any setting.

Working in SEND schools enables teachers to make a tangible difference in the lives of their students. Every milestone achieved, no matter how small, represents perseverance and dedication, and seeing the impact of tailored interventions and personalised support on students' academic progress and emotional wellbeing is hugely rewarding.

In SEND schools, educators have the privilege of empowering students to overcome obstacles, unlock their potential, and pursue their dreams, instilling a sense of confidence and self-belief.

Will SEND teaching be right for you?

SEND schools provide a strong sense of community and collaboration among educators, support staff, parents, and stakeholders. The collaborative nature of multidisciplinary teams allows for holistic approaches to student development, where everyone works together towards common goals. There’s a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose within the SEND school community, and a positive work environment where everyone is valued and empowered to thrive.

SEND teachers also benefit from a wealth of professional development opportunities. From specialised training in areas such as autism spectrum disorders, speech and language therapy, and assistive technology to opportunities for advanced qualifications and leadership roles, SEND schools invest in their staff's continuous growth and advancement. This commitment to professional development heightens career prospects as well as equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the evolving needs of their students.

Teaching in SEND schools offers greater autonomy and flexibility in curriculum delivery and teaching methodologies. Educators have the freedom to tailor their lessons to suit the individual learning styles and preferences of their students, building a more inclusive learning experience. This flexibility empowers teachers to experiment with new approaches, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Additionally, the smaller class sizes typically found in SEND schools allow for more personalised attention and support.

Rewards of SEND teaching: supporting vulnerable children

Beyond the classroom, teaching in SEND schools is highly rewarding for many reasons, namely making a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society. Whether it's celebrating academic achievements, supporting students through emotional challenges, or simply being a source of encouragement and inspiration, SEND teachers can have a lasting impact on young lives.

SEND school teaching benefits at a glance

  • Specialised training: SEND schools offer training and support for teachers to effectively work with SEND students

  • Fulfilling work: SEND schools provide the opportunity for teachers to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students who require additional support

  • Smaller class sizes: SEND schools often have smaller classes, allowing teachers to provide more personalised attention and support to each student

  • Collaborative environment: teachers at SEND schools often work closely with other professionals such as therapists, counsellors, and special education coordinators

  • Career development: working at SEND schools can provide valuable experience and professional development opportunities

Teaching is a noble profession and SEND teaching takes this concept further – drawing on personal and professional attributes including patience, empathy, and compassion. If this sounds like you, we can help you take the next step.

Looking to build a career as a SEND school teacher? Or wanting to find compassionate and inspiring teachers for your SEND school? Get in touch today to find out how we can help.