John B is the information officer at Birmingham Disability Resource Centre. He has a disability of the spine, so it was a big blow when he lost his job in the electro-plating business. He went to a residential college to study computers and networking. He says acquiring the disability was the worst event of his life, but it enabled him to go to college and change his life for the better.
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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.