As schools try to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to children with special needs there will probably be a few children in a mainstream school that would in years gone by be educated in a special school but are now in the classroom working alongside their peers. Although socially this is a good thing academically this may cause issues if the pupils are not well supported and helped to access the curriculum.

Getting a post in a school offering support to children with special needs can be a rewarding position as the difference this support can make to a child can be tremendous. The job may involve preparing resources so that children can access the tasks and supporting and encouraging children to complete activities.

 In order to work in a school with children it is necessary to have an enhanced DBS check which if you are employed by the school will be carried out as part of the application process. Qualifications are usually required to work in this role as sometimes specialist knowledge is needed in order to fully support children with specific needs. Ongoing training is an essential part of the job so that you are kept up to date with new teaching methods.