How Much do SEN Teachers Earn?

1-2 minutes

In this blog, you will learn: 

  • What the role of a SEN teacher is
  • How much a SEN teacher earns in the UK
  • If SEN teachers earn more than teachers
  • What the latest SEN teacher jobs available at Spencer Clarke Group are

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Special Education Needs (SEN) teacher, then now is the time to do it. Teaching of children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) is taken extremely seriously in schools all over the UK and a SEN teacher’s role is an important one within a school setting.

But how much do SEN teachers earn? And do they earn more than mainstream teachers? We delve into everything you need to know about a SEN Teacher salary in the UK in our latest blog. 

What is the role of a SEN teacher?

Working as a SEN teacher can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling careers in education. Due to the number of children with special education needs increasing each academic year, SEN teachers are more important than ever before. They’re also in high demand around the UK.

Each new day presents a new challenge and extra responsibilities for SEN teachers. For instance, they must create specific individual learning plans for different children while applying teaching strategies and techniques to each of their needs. A SEN teacher is also involved in a student’s academic, social and behavioural development, so their role is wide-reaching.

Based on their importance to specific children and young people in an educational setting, it’s no wonder that SEN teachers are highly sought after and, in some cases, are paid quite well.

How much do SEN teachers earn?

The salary of a Special Education Needs teacher can vary depending on where they are in their career. According to the National Careers Service, the average salary for a SEN teacher varies between £30,384 and £48,388.

This is based on a typical working week of 37 to 45 hours and some SEN teachers can also end up working in the evenings. During this time, a SEN teacher will likely be reviewing students’ work, developing their skills and knowledge to apply in the future, and working on specific lesson and academic plans for their pupils.

SEN teachers who work through a recruitment agency on temporary or short term contracts can earn considerably more, often up to £200 per day. 

Here at Spencer Clarke Group, we have a wide range of SEN teaching jobs available in some of the most sought after specialist schools in the UK. 

Do SEN teachers earn more than teachers?

After reading those figures, you’re probably wondering if SEN teachers earn more than mainstream teachers. Well, it depends on what level of teaching you would be working at. An early-years teacher can earn an average of between £25,714 and £36, 961. Hence, there is quite a difference between the two roles.

However, a secondary school teacher’s average salary can climb to around £43,685, according to the National Careers Service. This figure is based on the same working hours as a SEN teacher, so it can vary depending on your location in the country, and the level of education you’re working at.

Latest SEN teacher jobs at Spencer Clarke Group

If you’re searching for your next SEN teacher job, why not take a look at all the vacancies currently available at schools across the UK? 

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Why not upload your CV or contact our SEN teacher specialist, Jamie Heath, to discover more about upcoming opportunities.

Meet Jamie Heath

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

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Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you. 

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