Special 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.
Entry 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 â€“ Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE â€“ 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 studentâ€™s abilities, identifies studentâ€™s needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly;
gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the studentâ€™s handicap;
develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual studentâ€™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 studentsâ€™ records to monitor development and progress;
discusses studentâ€™s progress with parents and other teaching professionals.
Estimated Pay Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).
Unemployment Data The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.
Projected Employment Levels