SEND• 3 Min read

21st September 2021

Do I Need A Qualification To Work In A SEND School As A Teaching Assistant?

The simple answer is no.

As a consultant, I spend my days interviewing candidates who have a creative background, sassy personality and people who are just willing and eager to learn.
SEND schools are bright, vibrant and friendly schools that base their learning on holistic, therapeutic and sensory-based curriculums and activities, therefore candidates who have a background in art, drama, music or sport are welcome to apply!

Do I Need To Know SEND Terminology?

There are lots of terminologies that you will pick up when working within one of our SEND schools so researching the following SEND methodology before starting your placement would be beneficial:
  • TEACCH – Enables children diagnosed with Autism to live as independently as possible within the community
  • PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System – a visual tool to help children diagnosed with ASD to communicate through picture cards
  • Makaton – Language programme that uses signs together with speech and symbols, to enable people to communicate
  • British Sign Language – The first or preferred language of the deaf community
  • Attention Autism – Developed by a Speech & Language Therapist,  an interactive model to help naturally develop communication through visuals and activities
  • Engagement Model – an assessment tool made for teachers to assess whether students working below the level of the national curriculum for their age are receiving enough support
  • MAPP – Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress is a suite of materials to facilitate the planning, assessment and recording of progress in relation to personal learning intention
  • PODD – Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display is normally a book or device that contains symbols and words to support communication between people with complex communication needs and their communication partners, whether that’s carers, family, friends or support workers

What Training Do Engage Provide?

Team Teach is an amazing tool to use when working within one of our SEND schools. Team Teach is a 2 day training in de-escalation strategies and physical intervention techniques to support teaching, learning and caring. We are proud to be able to offer this amazing training to our candidates during the half terms, free of charge!
Once you have been shortlisted for a trial day within one of our schools, one of the dedicated SEND team will call you to make sure you are thoroughly prepped and prepared for your day. We discuss everything from the start and end times, dress code, plan for the day and even give you helpful hints and tips to ensure you succeed. The SEND Team are also available for any questions and queries you may have.

Do you have the passion, patience and personality to work within a SEND school? 

We're waiting to hear from you


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