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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionSpecial needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.
QualificationsEntry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Additionally, prior experience in mainstream teaching is usually required, and further training for special needs teaching may be mandatory.
- Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students;
- Assesses student’s abilities, identifies student’s needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly;
- Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student’s handicap;
- Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student’s needs;
- Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability;
- Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress;
- Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline;
- Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists;
- Updates and maintains students’ records to monitor development and progress;
- Discusses student’s progress with parents and other teaching professionals.