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SEN TEACHING ASSISTANT
Many children in mainstream schools have problems with some aspect of learning. This might be due to language or speech difficulties, comprehension problems or physical conditions such as cerebral palsy, blindness or deafness. And there are other less obvious conditions like dyslexia and ADHD which can prevent pupils from attaining their potential. These conditions often require specialist support and knowledge from a suitably qualified professional. If you are interested in helping children with these sorts of problems – then one of our special education needs (SEN) teaching assistant courses is for you.
Education is a stated priority of all political parties and improving the system is at the heart of most policy. Teaching assistants are part of this solution as they release teachers to do what they are meant to do – teach. SEN teaching assistants can take even more significant burdens away from the teacher in providing this focused support. This specialism is apparently in demand so now might be a good time to consider your future if you have an inclination to work in this challenging but, ultimately, very rewarding area.
This qualification will prepare you to go straight into the classroom and start supporting and helping in the education of pupils with these particular needs and problems. The possible range of salaries for these posts is around £20-29k in Inner London and £16-25k in the rest of the country.
Obtain a degree. If you wish to attend university and obtain a degree, you may be able to study for a foundation degree.
You can become an SEN Teacher. If you wish to increase your responsibilities and progress your career, you should continue your training to become a SEN Teacher in schools, SEN schools, pupil referral units, nurseries or even colleges, earning an average of over £35,000* per year. You may even have the prospect to develop into a special educational needs co-ordinator, or head of the special needs department.
*Source: Totaljobs.com, Sept 2012.
1. What are special educational needs?
What are special educational needs (SEN)?
The SEN code of practice 2001
Signs that tell a child may have SEN
What qualities are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
What skills are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
2. Theory of special needs
History of special needs education
The inclusive approach to special needs education
3. The big picture of special educational needs provision
Codes of practice and other guidance
SEN reforms planned for 2014
4. SEN provision in your school
The role of the SENCO
5. Observation, testing and assessment
Identifying pupils with SEN
Statementing – what does it involve?
Staffing and resourcing
6. Supporting dyslexia and literacy
What is dyslexia?
Signs that tell you a child may have dyslexia
Supporting children with dyslexia
7. Aiding speech and language difficulties
Types of speech and language difficulties
Signs that tell you a child may have speech and language difficulties
Supporting children with speech and language difficulties
8. Managing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
What are behavioural, emotional and social difficulties?
Signs that tell you a child may have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
Examples of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
9. Supporting autism and asperger syndrome
What are autism and asperger syndrome?
Signs that tell you a child may have ASD
Home based approaches and interventions
Supporting children with ASD in schools
What is ADHD?
Signs that tell you a child may have ADHD
Supporting children with ADHD at home and at school
11. Teaching talented and gifted children
How to identify talented and gifted children
Signs that tell you a child may be talented and gifted
Supporting talented and gifted children
12. Supporting blindness and visual impairment
What are blindness and visual impairment?
Signs that tell you a child may have vision problems
Supporting blind and visually impaired children in schools
13. Physical impairment and cerebral palsy
What is physical impairment?
What is cerebral palsy?
What is dyspraxia?
Signs that tell you a child may have physical difficulties
Supporting physically impaired children in schools
14. Deafness and hearing impairment
What is deafness?
Signs that tell you a child may have hearing problems
Hearing aids and other technologies
Supporting deaf children in schools
15. Intellectual difficulties
What are intellectual disabilities?
Signs that tell you a child may have an intellectual disability
Supporting children with intellectual disabilities
16. Dyscalculia and numeracy
What is dyscalculia?
Signs that tell you a child may have dyscalculia
Supporting children with dyscalculia
17. Using technology
Why use technology?
Using technology effectively
Types of technology – hardware
Types of technology – software
18. The different ages of the child
Early years education
19. Providing support at home and choosing the right school
Providing support at home
Mainstream or special school?
20. Finding a job in SEN
Applying for a job
Who to approach
What to include in your letter
Preparing for an interview
Level 3 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Award
At the end of this course successful graduates will receive a Level 3 Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement. This course has been accredited under our Focus Awards IIQ Licence and the course When you have successfully completed this course you will receive a Level 3 Certificate in SEN Teaching Assistant from Focus Awards, who are one of the U.K.’s largest accreditation awarding bodies. Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies to the next level if you wish.