Special School Interviews and Job Application Guide
The Ultimate Guide to Securing Jobs in Special Schools collates all the articles relating to school recruitment, interviews, and the application process. This comprehensive guide is a valuable resource for aspiring educators who are passionate about working in special schools.
Special educational needs (SEN) schools provide vital support and inclusive education to students with diverse learning requirements. They offer a unique and rewarding teaching experience that requires a specialized skill set and a deep understanding of individual needs.
Having worked in SEN schools for my entire teaching career, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of inclusive education. The bond built with students and the chance to make a real difference in their lives make working in special schools incredibly fulfilling.
In this guide, you will find a wide range of topics that cover every aspect of securing a job in special schools. From writing a standout application letter to preparing for a successful interview, we aim to equip you with the necessary tools and insights to land your dream job in the special education field.
One of the key purposes of our site as a whole is a focus on understanding the unique requirements and challenges of working with students with special needs. We delve into different types of disabilities, learning disorders, and behavioural concerns that you may encounter, providing practical strategies and resources to address these throughout our posts.
Whether you are just starting out on your journey to become a special education professional or looking for ways to advance your career in this field, The Ultimate Guide to Securing Jobs in Special Schools is your go-to resource. By following the advice and insights shared in this guide, you will be well-prepared to embark on a fulfilling and impactful career in special education.
Working in special schools or specialist provision is not a job for everyone and that is why the recruitment process is so important. As a school leader I am always seeking ways to improve the process, both for the school and for the job applicants – Here is a reflection about making the interview process more inclusive. I have seen potentially fantastic candidates struggle due to both nerves and a lack of preparation.
Finding your Why?
It can be really difficult to make the jump to a new role or school. I would suggest if you have only worked in mainstream schools that you arrange a visit to the school or a discussion with an SEN teacher. It will be very different but your skills as an educator will be just as applicable. I have worked with brilliant staff who have moved into education from other industries.
Primarily these have been care roles or nursery, but also retail, construction and straight from education themselves. One of the common things most successful applicants have is a secure knowledge of why they are applying for the job. I really recommend this book by Simon Sinek for shaping your own thoughts on developing your “Why”. Once you know this you can really start making your interview answers unique and memorable. It is one thing to provide a solid answer, to say your are passionate about education, but quite another level if you can demonstrate this throughout the recruitment process.
I hope you find these articles useful. These have been written to help people get started in a teaching career in SEN. Sometimes a person’s passion for the job can be diluted by the recruitment process and their true skills be hidden by nerves. If you only take away one thing from reading these I hope that it is the importance of being authentic in your answers. I have interviewed a lot of people and had quite a few interviews in my career – not all successful by a long way! I have taken something away from each one and hope that you can do the same.
Interview and Recruitment Articles
Articles Written For Teaching Assistants
- Guide to Writing a Personal Statement for a Teaching Assistant Post
- How to answer an interview question “What are the most important qualities of a teaching assistant?”
- Interview Questions and Answers for Teaching Assistants.
- How can Teaching Assistants Boost Pupil’s Self-Esteem?
- The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Teaching Assistant
Interview Articles for Special School Teachers
- How can teachers and teaching assistants motivate pupils to learn?
- 5 Common Interview Questions for a School Safeguarding Lead (DSL 2023)
- What is special education teaching?
- Leading A Team For SEN Teachers/ECTs
- The SEND Interview Teaching Activity
- Special Education Interview Guide
- Interview Questions: Student Panel
- 26 Interview Questions For Primary Teachers
- Presenting Yourself Professionally at an Interview
- Teaching Interview Question: “How do you ensure your classroom is inclusive?”
- 10 Key Early Years (EYFS) Job Interview Questions
Recruitment Articles For School Leadership Roles
- Recruitment: 100 SLT/Headteacher Interview Questions.
- Powerful Leadership Lessons From Challenging Times
- Creating the School of Joy – Useful discussion around presenting your values
- Effective Courageous and Curious Conversations for Leaders in School.
- A Quick Guide to Completing a School Leadership Personal Statement
- 12 Thoughtful Questions You Should Ask The Panel
- 15 Deputy Headteacher interview questions
- 16 SENCO Interview Questions
- Mastering Data Tasks: School Leadership Interviews
- Successfully Completing Group Interview Tasks: School Leadership
- Making the Most of a Pre-Interview School Visit: A Guide for Prospective Headteachers
External Links to Education Job Sites/Resources
- The TES Jobs pages – A good place to start your search the TES is a key recruitment website for schools
- Kent-Teach – We are a Kent-based education site so I have included Kent Teach which is the site we advertise our vacancies on. Also lots of interesting blogs about education and other recruitment guides.