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Transferable skills perfect for SEND roles

Considering a career change? Want to work in education? It’s ok if you don’t have a background in education.  Numerous skills from other professions can be applied to roles in education, particularly when working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and other support roles. Here are some key transferable skills that can greatly benefit you:

  1.  Exceptional communication skills are essential, especially when supporting children with varying communication abilities. 
  2.  Emotional strength and resilience are also key when working with children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs.
  3.  Adaptability and resourcefulness are a must as many children struggle with traditional teaching methods and will often need a different approach to education.
  4.  Organisation is crucial to ensuring children have access to the necessary resources they need for each class or activity.  
  5. Other sought-after skills in SEND support roles include problem-solving, time management, creativity, patience and flexibility.

Training opportunities

Completing training or continuing professional development can help you develop your existing skills, learn new ones, and boost your confidence in the education sector. ABC Teachers offers a range of complimentary courses, many of which are SEND-specific, so you can expand your knowledge and develop your career. Additionally, we provide free training programmes to become a Teaching Assistant or Cover Supervisor, making it even easier to make a career change into education.   

Be your best when you choose supply work

Supply work in education offers flexibility, enabling you to achieve a better work-life balance and, most importantly, it gives you greater choice. Whether you choose to work part-time or full-time, or on daily or long-term contracts, with supply work you can choose what will bring out the best in you and your career.

Ready to start your new career?

Search our SEND job vacancies and register with us today to take the first step towards a rewarding career in education.

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