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If you are skilled in the Performing Arts, you might not have realised that your skills can also be of great use and benefit to children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). In the world of SEN, music, dance and drama play a central role to the development of students, giving them skills that are useful in the classroom and beyond.  How you might ask? The skills that are learnt through the Performing Arts all feed into the seven different types of intelligence that exist: Kinaesthetic – learning through doing, making and other physical activities. Musical – the ability to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre and tone. Spatial – the ability to understand three-dimensional shapes and images. Linguistic – the ability to speak and write and understand speech and written language. Logical/mathematical – ability to reason, think logically and detect patterns as well as understand complex and abstract ideas. Interpersonal – the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally, be sensitive to others’ moods and temperaments and entertain multiple viewpoints. Intrapersonal – the ability to have self-awareness and capacity for introspection, being aware of your own emotions, motivations, beliefs and goals. In alternative education and SEN settings, teaching using all of the above becomes hugely important, as Special schools often take a holistic approach to student development. This can differ vastly from mainstream schools, which purely focus on academic achievement – hence the need for a different skillset. As an example of using the above framework, teaching with a focus on developing kinaesthetic intelligence can help SEN students who struggle with motor coordination. And for those who are wheelchair-bound, experiencing movement and dance provides them with an opportunity to explore their physical selves in a way that is creative and freeing. It comes as a concern then, that there has been recent news of the government cutting creative arts subjects, which are key to helping children learn and develop – especially those with SEN. Even more concerning is the push for SEN students to attend mainstream schools, where they are not guaranteed the kind of education that will best serve them. Worse yet, some students have completely missed out, forcing them to remain at home without any formal provision. However, there is currently still a demand for creative and artistic individuals in the Special Educational Needs sector. If you work in the Performing Arts and are looking for part-time work, or considering a career change, working in SEN could present an ideal opportunity.   A career in SEN can be challenging but also highly rewarding. You will find that every day is different and you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside other experienced professionals such as speech and language therapists and councillors. You might also get a pretty cool job title like “Creative Arts Learning Support Mentor” but this is just one example! Interested in going for an SEN role? Why not take a look at our current vacancies within Alternative Education and see if there’s a role that suits your skills and experience.

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September 2018 Jobs

We currently have an exciting range of vacancies starting in September 2018 across Primary, Secondary and SEN. Click here to see all teaching jobs starting in September.