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Primary & Secondary Teachers
A Teacher is a professional who educates about a certain subject or subjects. Duties will vary depending on the educational setting, age and capability of the students. The primary goal is to inspire, motivate and encourage students.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Teachers work with children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities. Working as a SEND Teacher can be an incredibly rewarding career as they are helping young people to thrive in and out of an educational setting.
SEN Teaching Assistants
A Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant is responsible for supporting teachers with helping pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities, within the classroom.
The role of a SEN Teaching Assistant is very rewarding but can also be challenging as it involves supporting children and young adults with a range of different learning needs.
An Educational Psychologist (EP) is a professional psychologist who specialises in the learning and development of young people usually between 0-25 years of age.
Educational Psychologists use their specialist knowledge and expertise to make psychological and educational assessments to ensure the young person reaches their full potential within the educational system.
Teaching Assistants & 1:1 Support
A Teaching Assistant is responsible for supporting Teachers and pupils in the classroom. A Teaching Assistant may be required to provide 1:1 support to a student with additional learning needs. They will also be expected to assist with general classroom administration tasks.
An Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Coordinator will work alongside a team of coordinators to lead and manage statutory assessment and plan processes for children and young people who have special educational needs. EHCP Coordinators are generally the first point of call for the schools, parents and carers involved in the education of a young person with special educational needs.
SEND Tribunal Officers
A SEND Tribunal Officer is responsible for representing a Local Authority at a SEND Tribunal Appeal hearing or mediation. A SEND Tribunal is an independent national tribunal which considers appeals against Local Authorities regarding decisions surrounding the special educational needs of children and young people.
Directors & Assistant Directors of Education
A Director of Education is responsible for planning and executing educational programs. Ensuring students are progressing by developing their curriculum and educational materials is also an important job for a Director of Education.
Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan Writer
An Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan Writer is a professional who is experienced in creating and drafting EHCPs. They work closely with the child or young person and their parents or guardians to accurately document the individual's needs and create a plan that best supports their development and education.
Headteachers and Executive Headteachers
A Headteaher manages and oversees the general running of a school ensuring all Teachers and staff deliver the highest standard of education. As well as creating a safe and successful environment for all students and staff to thrive, a Headteacher will also be responsible for the overall performance of the school ensuring that it meets statutory obligations.
A Deputy Headteacher is responsible for assisting a Headteacher with the leadership of a school. The role requires effective communication with the Headteacher to ensure the vision of the school is kept in mind, targets are met and effective teaching is provided to students.
A Cover Supervisor is responsible for covering a class of students if their full time Teacher is absent. A Cover Supervisor will manage a classroom and supervise pupils with pre-prepared exercises to ensure their learning is not disrupted.
School Business Managers
The responsibilities of a School Business Manager include supporting the Headteacher, advising on financial policy, overseeing the maintenance of the school and managing the schools budget. A School Business Manager is employed to ensure that the school is running efficiently day in, day out.
An Exam Invigilator is responsible for ensuring that important educational examinations run smoothly from start to finish. Maintaining order and ensuring exam regulations are adhered to within the assessment room are important responsibilities for an Exam Invigilator.
School Administrators / Receptionists
A School Administrator plays a crucial part in providing administrative support to a school office or department. They ensure the school runs as smoothly as possible by carrying out a range of important administrative tasks such as managing emails and taking phone calls.
SEN Case Officers
A SEN Case Officer is the primary and first point of contact for a child or young person (and their family) with a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). A SEN Case Officer will work alongside EHCP Coordinators and SEN Team Managers to provide comprehensive casework management to ensure the effectiveness of the Local Authorities SEN service.
A SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a qualified teacher who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a school's SEN policy.
A SENCO will identify the specific requirements which an individual child or young person with SEN will need in order to create a safe and supportive environment within the education system.
SEND Improvement Consultants
The main responsibility of a SEND Improvement Consultant is to identify areas that need improvement and to support the SEND service within a Local Authority to implement the required improvements.