Taking The Step Into Special Educational Needs And Disabilities Teaching

February has been an exciting month for us, as we expanded our team by welcoming Nathan Watts to run our ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ desk for both primary and secondary schools across the West Midlands.

Before getting into Education recruitment, Nathan spent several years in a special school in a variety of roles, so is perfectly placed to guide candidates through the process of transitioning into working in SEND schools.

He says: “Skill-sets and ‘transferable skills’ are popular buzz phrases within Education, but what’s more relevant is the kind of experience you’ve had within the classroom and what challenges you’ve encountered”

“Think about the large classes in Primary and Secondary schools and the need for diverse and differentiated lessons, that not only need to be engaging, but inclusive to all of the young people within the room.

“Also consider the outstanding behavior management that is needed to make sure that all of those young people remain on task, not to mention the resilience and tenacity needed to ensure constant progression. Without realising it, you may already possess some of the key transferable skills that are required to teach within a SEND school.”

Nathan knows how incredibly rewarding a SEND career can be and has also gained first-hand experience of the challenges that you will encounter along the way..

“No two days are the same, and sometimes you will not be prepared for what is about to come next. But therein lies one of the core benefits, as SEND teaching in particular can give you the autonomy and scope to develop as a practitioner, whilst making a remarkable difference to a child’s physical, mental and social well-being,”

Whilst Nathan is focused on providing experienced, high-calibre SEND practitioners to schools across the West Midlands, he continues to be incredibly passionate about using his own experiences within that field, to help people make the transition into the world of SEND.
So if you have a background in mainstream schools, whether it be teaching or support work, and feel that you have some of the skills necessary to be a success in SEND, give him a call to talk it through on 0121 663 1143

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