Special Educational Needs

SEN is a crucial area, and SEN teachers and support staff are often in high demand throughout Sussex. With this in mind, we are looking out for SEN teachers and support staff in particular, including teaching assistants. The role of a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher is to support students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in accessing the curriculum and achieving their full potential. 

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Some of the specific duties of an SEN teacher may include: 

Identify and assessing students with SEND

SEN staff work with school staff and external professionals to identify students with SEND, and assess their individual needs and requirements.

Developing individual education plans

SEN staff develop individual education plans (IEPs) for each student with SEND, outlining their targets, goals and strategies for supporting their learning.


 Adapting the curriculum

SEN teachers modify and adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of students with SEND, using a range of teaching methods and resources to support their learning.

 Delivering specialised interventions

SEN teachers may deliver specialised interventions to students with SEND, such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, or social skills training.

Providing support in the classroom

SEN staff provide support in the classroom, working with students one-on-one or in small groups to reinforce learning, address learning barriers, and build skills.

Liaising with parents and caregivers

SEN staff work closely with parents and caregivers, providing regular feedback on student progress and collaborating on strategies for supporting learning at home.


Collaborating with colleagues

SEN teachers work with other teachers and school staff to ensure that students with SEND receive appropriate support, and to promote an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Staying current

SEN teachers must stay up-to-date on new research, resources, and teaching techniques in their field, attending training sessions and conferences.

Overall, the role of an SEN teacher is to provide specialised support to students with SEND, helping them to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their full potential.


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