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What role does a SEN Teaching Assistant play in the classroom?

Date posted : 07 April 2022

Few roles in education are more integral – or less talked-about - than the role of a special educational needs or SEN teaching assistant. Without the help and support of these educators, many of the most vulnerable students would fall behind in learning.

In fact, recent research suggests that nearly 1.1 million UK students require SEN support . Thankfully, most schools recognise the need for this type of learning assistance and prioritise employing candidates who are passionate about SEN teaching assistant jobs.

Here, we delve into the responsibilities of an SEN Teaching Assistant and how can their role be impactful?

1. They help students with classroom tasks

SEN teaching assistants don’t just support the teacher; they also support one or several specific students in the classroom. This role is a great step on the way to an SEN teacher job and can provide valuable hands-on experience. In this regard, they may be asked to help learners develop their understanding of the subjects being taught by applying dynamic learning activities suited to the needs and abilities of each student.

An SEN teacher’s assistant may be asked to study learners during a lesson. This will help teachers to identify individual needs so that appropriate teaching strategies and motivations can be applied for the best outcomes.

2. They communicate with parents and teachers

One essential skill that SEN teaching assistant qualifications should cultivate is communication. Together with the class teacher, special education needs assistants may be expected to share their knowledge of learners to help them reach their potential. This may mean conducting meetings with parents, teachers, or other parties with a stake in the learner’s education and overall well-being.

It's also important that all SEN teacher assistants maintain healthy communication with the teacher they are assigned to. From sharing concerns about students to updating them on progress, it’s imperative that SEN assistants keep the class teacher in the loop to ensure that learning is maximised at every avenue.

3. They provide behavioural and emotional support

Special Educational Needs learners may have complex behavioural and learning challenges which need to be overcome. A SEN assistant must address these challenges on a pupil-based level while the teacher continues to teach and address the class.

The role also involves establishing a learning environment that recognises the difficulties that SEN students may face. The best learning happens in a comfortable and accommodating learning environment.

SEN teaching assistants generally have more time to form bonds with pupils during one-on-one learning. This contributes to forming emotional connections which, if nurtured, can help with learning processes. SEN assistants play an important role in supporting pupils’ emotional needs as well as their learning requirements.

Find a SEN teaching job with Teaching Personnel

If you’re looking to kickstart your career and apply your SEN teaching assistant skills, then Teaching Personnel can connect you to the right job.

Our passion for education drives us to deliver outstanding results throughout the recruitment process. We ensure that the best candidates are matched with the best teaching roles so that all children can benefit from a full education.

Browse our SEN teaching assistant jobs or contact us for more information – we can’t wait to hear from you.

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