Moving from mainstream secondary to special school

(18 Posts)
stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 08:21:31

Ok utterly sick of fft, levels, hideous marking workload, kids who rely on teachers to get them to fft grades, pressure from management re observations, how to teach etc. Been doing this 20 years, never have lunchtime as a music teacher, the sheer physicality of lugging instruments around etc etc is killing me.

DS has lf autism, I know SN pretty well. Please if you work in a SS tell me what it's like? Would it make sense for me to move, I just can't deal with the sheer paperwork anymore, its gone beserk.

Thank yousmile

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 08:30:25

Sorry I should have prob posted this in staffroom. Thank you anyone that answers me.

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 08:53:25

Bump any SS teachers out there?

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 10:00:17

Bump

tethersend Wed 06-Nov-13 12:22:42

Which area/type of school do you want to go in to? ASD? SEBD? MLD?

I think you need to think about a move to something, rather than away from something IYSWIM.

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 16:20:52

Poss to my DS's school which is an SLD/PMLD school.

MyMotherHadMeTested Wed 06-Nov-13 16:25:59

I don't have direct experience, but know a few people who have worked in special schools. Think experience varies massively from school to school, dependently largely on the ethos of the head. Can mean lower pay/ poorer conditions than mainstream, or can mean a lot more freedom to teach smaller groups in a properly differentiated way. What's your sons school like, and does it actually have a vacancy going?

Why should children with SEN not receive as rigorous an education with high grade aspirations, lesson observations, cpd, extra-curricular activities?

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 17:18:02

Starlight its not that I don't have aspirations for children with SN. Jesus my own son has low functioning autism and goes to SS. I am sick of pushing kids through GCSEs when the teaching staff care more about the results than the kids and their parents, sick of marking (which the kids ignore) just so I don't get a bollocking from management. I want to teach, to inspire, to see joy in children's faces, to help and care for children like my son.

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 17:21:04

Btw rigorous is such a crap word. I hear it all the time. It means sweet FA. Nice buzzword.

ReallyTired Wed 06-Nov-13 18:38:41

I'm not a teacher, but I did work in an MLD special school for four years. I don't think that teachers in a special school have an easy ride, but it is different. Prehaps you need to think what type of special school you want to work in. A school for the Deaf is a completely different enviroment to an EBD school and a MLD school or SLD school or a hospital school is different again.

There is certainly pressure from management and politics in a typical special school. There are lessons observations and twatish initatives in special schools unfortunately.

You are right that the curriculum of many special schools is more focussed on the skills of independent living than getting the EBac. Sometimes it is better to have lower aspirations that are achievable than to have completely unrealistic targets. Ie. learning to use the toilet may be quite a challenge for a profoundly autistic child.

You would get less marking, but far more report writing and setting up IEPs in a special school. Certainly its not less work being in a special school than mainstream.

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 19:14:21

Hi Reallytired thankssmile yes I know about the toilet thing, DS still doubly incontinent at 10.wink

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 20:08:08

Bump any other comments/experience gratefully receivedsmile xx

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 21:28:31

Bump... Am hoping

stillenacht Wed 06-Nov-13 22:29:28

Ok last bump for today... Really should have put it in staffroom!grin

TallulahMcFey Thu 07-Nov-13 08:56:10

I am only a parent and not a teacher but what about teaching music in a college (e.g. A level). My daughter considered a music degree and said that she would only want to teach in a college where children were largely enthusiastic about the subject and of a higher level. Either that or an independent school.

mary21 Thu 07-Nov-13 15:03:38

What about becoming a specialist teacher for VI or HI or Autism. One QTVI I met via my Ds said she had moved from mainstream as it allowed her to be more creative

stillenacht Thu 07-Nov-13 17:24:33

Thank you Tallulah and Marysmile

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