When teaching, you’ll be very much aware that no two children are the same when it comes to learning and there will be different learning methods that suit each of them. Well, when it comes to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), they have an even more unique set of needs required to maximise their learning.
Special needs can, of course, present itself in a whole host of forms; this could be dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism or something completely different! It’s important to keep notice of students in school, with a close eye on the children that are perhaps falling behind others or not making expected progress levels, as these may end up being students in need of a little extra support.
How to Support
Once a child has been identified as needing SEN assistance, it’s essential that the school put steps into place to effectively support them. There should be a trained SEN teacher, or teaching assistant, brought in or equally a current member of staff can be sent on a training course so that the students can be properly catered for.
Some children can, and will, be in need of a little extra support than this. If there is a case where support from a SEN staff member will not suffice, the school may need to create an EHC plan - completed by requesting an external assessment. The results of this could result in extra funding to support the student, or even some extra support staff in place!
Whether you have trained SEN staff in-house or not, it’s important as a teacher, role model and adult in charge of a student’s care, to pay attention to all students and not allow a student to feel isolated or left behind. There is always support and extra help that can be given, no matter the requirement.
Around 12% of all students in the United Kingdom are deemed as having Special Educational Needs, with around 3% of all students being put on an EHC plan. Autism and communication issues are two of the biggest factors in students needing extra support, and this means that they must have specially qualified help. This means there is a huge demand for specially trained SEN teachers and assistants.
When qualifying as a Teaching Assistant, having the extra Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF) Award will not only increase the range of jobs you can apply for, but also means you command a higher salary range than standard Teaching Assistants.
At The Training Room, you can qualify as a Teaching Assistant and gain the Level 2 Special Educational Needs qualification on our Professional course. We also pride ourselves on helping find you a placement within a school, and offering dedicated career support for up to 3 years.
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