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Special needs education teaching professionals

£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£37,960 Average Salary
27 Average hours per week


Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.

Main Tasks

  • Creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students;
  • Assesses student’s abilities, identifies student’s needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly;
  • Gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student’s handicap;
  • Develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student’s needs;
  • Encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability;
  • Prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress;
  • Supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline;
  • Liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists;
  • Updates and maintains students’ records to monitor development and progress;
  • Discusses student’s progress with parents and other teaching professionals.


Entry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Additionally, prior experience in mainstream teaching is usually required, and further training for special needs teaching may be mandatory.

What Special needs education teaching professionals studied in higher education

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What Special needs education teaching professionals studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L3) Sociology2
(C8) Psychology16
(W1) Fine art1
(X9) Others in education2
(W3) Music1
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics1
(W4) Drama1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(Q1) Linguistics1
(X3) Academic studies in education14
(L5) Social work2
(X1) Training teachers38
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(V1) History by period2
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

92700 Workforce Size
8.01% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
17265 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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