Teaching careers in Bromley

Working in special education

Bromley has four special schools across the Borough, each working with pupils with a wide range of severe and/or complex learning, physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These schools provide a warm, positive environment and offer teachers some of the most challenging and rewarding careers in the profession.

We also have a number of special units attached to mainstream schools for children with special educational needs (SEN). The caring environment in these units, coupled with staff expertise, allows pupils to progress, and we encourage inclusion in mainstream activities wherever possible. Pre-school children with SEN are also supported through a dedicated SEN service.

Since teacher training providers do not currently offer a PGCE specifically for special needs, SEN teachers generally learn 'on the job'. We offer a wide range of training opportunities for those interested in moving into SEN teaching. 

However, NQTs can also move straight into special needs work, provided the head teacher is confident that the school can offer the breadth of experience needed to meet all the induction standards. In some cases, this may involve gaining additional experience in a mainstream school.

There is one exception: pupils with sensory impairment. Regulations stipulate that, in addition to holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a person employed at a school as a teacher of a class of pupils with hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment must possess a specific qualification.

For other SEN Teachers and SEN coordinators (SENCOs) the Borough provides a large number of accredited and non-accredited courses for teachers and support staff.

Increasingly, schools are looking to recruit SENCOs with a recognised qualification, and this will increase as more people are trained for working with those with SEN, though this is not yet mandatory. To date, the SEN Code of Practice states that 'All teachers need a good understanding of Special Educational Needs if they are to respond to the diversity of need found in most classes.'

An A-Z of special schools in the borough