Special educational needs jobs

Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) recruitment division provides rewarding and varied career opportunities with local authorities, private organisations and specialist SEN schools throughout the whole of the UK. With a growing team, an expanding list of employers and a wide range of vacancies from Educational Psychologists through to Casework Officers, we will help you find your ideal SEN job.

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Whether you’re a case work officer, educational psychologist, SEN teacher or specialise in another SEN role, our consultants will focus on your skills and requirements to match you with the right special educational needs job.

Special educational needs jobs FAQs

What qualifications do you need to be an SEN worker?

To become an SEN worker, you can do a university course, an apprenticeship, work towards the role, or apply directly. If you choose to do a university degree, you can choose a course that leads to a qualified teacher status. Most teaching courses include options on teaching children with special educational needs.

What does an SEN teacher job entail?

Instructing pupils individually or in small group settings, either within the traditional classroom or in a separate learning environment.

Designing and organising learning materials and lesson plans.

Evaluating and providing feedback on student work.

Modifying and innovating standard teaching strategies to cater to the unique requirements of each student.

Utilising specialised tools and resources such as audiovisual aids and computers to foster interest and promote understanding and focus.

Employing specific expertise such as Braille instruction for students with visual impairments, or sign language and lip reading for those with hearing impairments.

Partnering with mainstream teachers to determine suitable curriculum-related activities for students.

Evaluating pupils with enduring or transient learning challenges and collaborating with team members to discern individual students’ special needs.

Cooperating with the school principal and board to ascertain that the specifications of the Equality Act (2010) are complied with, specifically concerning reasonable accommodations and access arrangements.

Interacting with other professionals like social workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and educational psychologists.

Maintaining close communication with parents or guardians.

Planning and facilitating out-of-classroom learning experiences such as field trips, community visits, or sports events.

Providing assistance in personal care or medical needs for students with severe disabilities.

Performing administrative duties, including updating and keeping track of students’ progress records.

Participating in mandatory yearly reviews or other associated meetings, such as Looked After Child (LAC) reviews, for SEN students, which may entail reviewing education, health, and care (EHC) plans.

Participating in ongoing professional development and training.

Overseeing and managing student behaviour.

How much does an SEN teacher earn?

As an SEN teacher, your salary can vary significantly depending on several factors such as the location of your employment, your qualifications, the level of responsibility you hold, and any prior experience. Here’s a guide on what you can expect to earn in different parts of the UK:

Newly qualified teachers in England can expect to start on the main salary scale, which for the 2022/23 academic year is between £28,000 and £38,810. This scale can be enhanced for teachers working in or near London due to the higher cost of living. The starting salary of an SEN teacher will depend on the employer, qualifications, and responsibilities you have. However, you may receive an additional allowance for overseeing SEN children, which can range from £2,384 to £4,703.

With more experience and expertise, you can apply for progression to the upper pay scale, which ranges from £40,625 to £43,685. Exceptional performers might even reach the salary level for lead practitioners, which can go up to £67,685.

In Wales, the main pay scale for classroom teachers ranges from £28,866 to £39,873. The upper pay scale mirrors that of England, as does the SEN allowance.

In Scotland, starting salaries for new entrants begin at £28,113, with incremental increases leading up to £42,336. Additional payments may be made through the Preference Waiver Payment (PWP) scheme.

Northern Ireland:
In Northern Ireland, the starting salaries for new entrants are lower, beginning at £24,137 and rising incrementally to £35,277. The SEN allowance in Northern Ireland ranges from £2,240 to £4,424.

Remember, these figures can vary and are subject to change. Always check the most up-to-date information when considering a teaching position.

Is there a demand for SEN teachers?

Yes, SEN teachers are in demand. We have a wide range of SEN vacancies available to apply for right now. Just scroll up to our job listing and click on one to find out more about the role.

You can also register your interest in SEN jobs and one of our recruitment specialists will get in touch to discuss exactly what type of SEN teacher role you are looking for.

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