Special needs education teaching professionals


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Special needs education teaching professionals organise and provide instruction at a variety of different levels to children who have emotional, behavioural or learning difficulties or physical disabilities. These professionals may also work with exceptionally gifted pupils.


Entry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Additionally, prior experience in mainstream teaching is usually required, and further training for special needs teaching may be mandatory.

Typical tasks

  • creates a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment for students;
  • assesses student’s abilities, identifies student’s needs and devises curriculum and rota of teaching duties accordingly;
  • gives instruction, using techniques appropriate to the student’s handicap;
  • develops and adapts conventional teaching methods to meet the individual student’s needs;
  • encourages the student to develop self-help skills to circumvent the limitations imposed by their disability;
  • prepares, assigns and corrects exercises to record and evaluate students progress;
  • supervises students in classroom and maintains discipline;
  • liaises with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists;
  • updates and maintains students’ records to monitor development and progress;
  • discusses student’s progress with parents and other teaching professionals.

Common job titles

Lecturer (special school)
Teacher (special school)
Coordinator, needs, special
Teacher, support, learning
Master, head, deputy (special school)
Lecturer, dance (special school)
Teacher, support, behaviour
Master, school (special school)
Educationalist, needs, special
Teacher, behaviour
Master, house (special school)
Head, assistant (special school)
Tutor, support, learning
Teacher, music (special school)
Teacher of the visually impaired
Mistress, school (special school)
Teacher, dance (special school)
Tutor, needs, special
Teacher, head, assistant (special school)
Teacher, head, deputy (special school)
Master, head, assistant (special school)
Instructor (special school)
Owner (school: special)
Head, deputy (special school)
Teacher, dancing (special school)
Teacher of the deaf
Teacher, needs, special
Mistress, house (special school)
Mistress, head, deputy (special school)
Master (special school)
Mistress (special school)
Coordinator, needs, educational, special
Mistress, head, assistant (special school)
Teacher, portage (educational establishments)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.