For any teacher, the pupils they teach are always their main priority and this is especially true of the professionals who choose to work with children and young people with special education needs. Working as a SEN teacher brings its own set of unique challenges, and supply work in this area enables teachers to dedicate their time solely to their pupils without the extra pressures and additional workloads that a permanent role can bring.
Working as a SEN teacher is challenging, varied and also hugely rewarding. At Castles Education, we are currently recruiting supply staff for a range of jobs that will provide you with the opportunity to focus all your efforts within the classroom and wholly support the children and young people in your care. The pupils with whom SEN teachers work can have a range of needs including learning difficulties, behavioural problems, or physical or sensory disabilities and we are always keen to hear from talented and dedicated professionals who have the commitment and patience to fulfil these roles.
We are looking for incredible supply teachers with a passion for the job and a dedication to improving the lives of children through education. We need teachers who thrive on a challenge, are not fazed by demanding behaviour, are able to assist with pupils’ personal care, and can easily manage difficult situations. A key part of working as a SEN supply teacher is the ability to swiftly assess the individual learning needs of each child and plan lessons or activities accordingly. Our teachers also need to be personable and friendly, with the ability to gain a rapport with pupils of varying abilities and different communication needs relatively quickly. Building strong relationships with colleagues, healthcare professionals, carers, parents and social workers is also an essential part of the role in more long-term positions, as you will be expected to evaluate and report a pupils’ progress to anyone involved in their care.
Specific qualifications are sometimes required depending on the particular needs of an individual. For example, working with children with hearing impairments may require a certain attainment in sign language, or working with someone with severe epilepsy may require being trained in administering medication.
As with all jobs working with young people, you must also hold a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) background check. If you don’t already have one then you must be prepared to apply for one, as this is a standard and legal requirement when working with anyone under the age of 18.
Working with children and young people is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding careers out there but working as a SEN teacher goes even further than other roles within education. As a supply teacher you can dedicate your time completely to your pupils and will inevitably have a direct and positive impact on their welfare, safety
and well-being, regardless of how temporary your role. Your influence can last well beyond the classroom and will help to improve and shape your pupils’ futures and aid them in fulfilling their potential.
The team at Castles Education is made up of former teachers with over 50 years of teaching experience and we understand the specific pressures and requirements of supporting children with special education needs. We want to find the very best teachers for our schools and pride ourselves on our ability to place the right candidates in the right roles. We are committed to the education and well-being of all children and continually strive to find the best supply teachers to support their learning.
We have numerous job opportunities across London, Manchester and the wider northwest to help you further enhance and develop your career so if you are looking for your next role then you have come to the right place. As specialist recruiters to the education sector, we will utilise our extensive knowledge and expertise to support you with your job search, to make the whole process as simple and straight forward as possible and can assist with you important considerations such as salary and career development.
Whether you are recently qualified and want to gain more experience, are looking for your next exciting role, want to challenge yourself or are aiming to work more flexibly, if you’ve got what it takes to be a phenomenal, patient and inspiring SEN supply teacher then please do get in touch by filling in our enquiry form.