Teaching with SEND

Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) is the umbrella term for all school children who experience significant difficulties in learning in comparison to the majority of others of the same age, or hinders the pupil from making use of general facilities.

SEND teachers work with children who need extra support with their learning, whether that be in a mainstream school or a school which specialises in particular SEND provisions. At Engage, we’re recruiting for enthusiastic and committed education professionals to work in both SEND schools and mainstream schools as SEND Teachers, Learning Support Assistants (LSA) and Teaching Assistants (TA).

Meet the Team

Our specialist SEND consultants have over 15 years of experience recruiting extraordinary teachers for special needs schools. We understand the complexities that Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) schools have and the impact these schools have on students not just in the classroom but in the students’ daily lives and futures.

Hello from the SEND team in Makaton!

Your role as an SEND teacher

Working with students who have special needs and disabilities has its own unique challenges but is also uniquely rewarding. When you embark on your SEND teaching journey, you’ll spend more one-on-one time with the children you teach, and experience the joy of having an impact not only on their education but also on their future outside of school.

Types of SEN School

SEN schools usually operate in a single specialism, such as:

  • sensory impairment (i.e. visual or hearing)
  • physical disability
  • learning difficulties
  • speech & language difficulties
  • mental health needs
  • developmental disabilities

SEN Teacher requirements

SEN Teachers will be required to:

  • pay attention to each student’s specific abilities and needs
  • learn specialist skills, such as Braille or Sign Language
  • learn to use specialist equipment and facilities
  • work closely with parents and care teams
  • assist with meeting personal care and medical needs

Engage Benefits

Working as an SEN teacher with Engage means you qualify for all of our exclusive benefits, including:

  • Tailored CPD sessions covering various SEN topics and helpful skills
  • 24/7 mental health & wellbeing support to help with the specific challenges of SEN teaching
  • One-to-one professional support from former SLT teachers

Is SEND Teaching for you?

To work as an SEND teacher in a local authority school, you’ll need to be a qualified teacher with mainstream teaching experience. You’ll also need to foster a creative attitude towards your teaching in order to find ways to effectively stimulate your pupils’ learning and development process in accordance with their individual needs.

If you are an experienced teacher with QTS, and have great communication skills, patience, a calming nature and an enthusiasm to shape the lives of vulnerable children, we want to hear from you! We work with fantastic SEN schools and mainstream schools looking for teachers to support their SEND pupils.

SEND Support Staff

People from all walks of life can make a difference working with children who have special education needs or disabilities. You don’t necessarily need any prior experience of working in SEND to transition to this rewarding career, just a creative and positive state of mind! We have both full- and part-time positions in schools which need extra support for their SEND pupils. Becoming an SEND support assistant is a great avenue for new graduates looking to explore a rewarding career with children.

Find out about specialist SEND behavioural training

Our qualified Team Teach trainers are available to train you on de-escalation strategies and physical intervention, so you feel confident in any setting or scenario.


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