Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

With the growing teacher shortage it has become more and more difficult for schools to source and retain suitably qualified and experienced SEN Teachers for specific teaching roles within special education.

Key Skills Education is an inner London based education recruitment agency providing teachers and support staff for schools and education centres across London and the Home Counties specifically for long term and permanent positions.  We have developed a specialist SEN division which is dedicated to sourcing high-quality SEN Teachers for a range of posts in a variety of schools and education centres across London and surrounding areas.

Improving Recruitment and Retention of SEN Teachers

We work closely with a variety of both independent and local authority SEN provisions including special schools for moderate, severe, profound learning difficulties, Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provisions and specialist schools for autism, dyslexia and speech & language/communication difficulties. We provide a bespoke solution for staffing requirements, recognising that SEN provisions have unique learning environments and to achieve the greatest outcomes it is important that we attract the right SEN professionals.

The success of Key Skills has been achieved by understanding the problems faced by schools in recruiting high-calibre teachers and improving retention of the teachers once they are in post.


Search and Selection Process - Advertising can still be an effective way of attracting teachers for any specific teaching role, we here at Key Skills advertise for SEN teachers and teaching assistants all year round – if there are good teachers actively looking for work then we want to know about them!

With the current teacher shortage this however is no longer a sufficient way of finding high-quality SEN Teachers within restricted timescales. We have pioneered innovative search techniques that enable us to tap into passive teachers, who may not be actively looking for a new opportunities immediately but will be at some point in the future. SEN provisions that work with Key Skills are able to have access to this exclusive pool of SEN professionals.

We continually invest heavily to attract the highest quality SEN teachers, keeping in contact throughout the year and understanding career motivations. Many of our staff work exclusively with us and have done for some time – schools that work with Key Skills Education as their education recruitment agency will have access to this exclusive network of SEN teachers and considerably improve the schools’ ability to find specialist staff for specific vacancies.


Retention of Teachers – Using a specialist SEN recruitment agency will better ensure that schools attract a good match of SEN Teacher to the unique environment within the school. This in itself plays a significant part in creating an ethos for success and ensuring a harmonious working environment, which in turn improves staff turnover. Having a successful strategy for retaining teachers starts at the recruitment stage – this is where schools can benefit from using SEN Recruitment experts.

We consistently achieve successful placements through accurately matching individual skillsets and character attributes to teaching environments so they are best utilised in assisting students to reach their potential.

It can be difficult for schools to identify the right match solely from the interview process, through using Key Skills the school is able to have a trial period wherein the school is able to see teachers in post engaging with students and current staff. This way the school can be better assured they are recruiting the right SEN teacher for the role and the teacher can be confident they are joining a suitable school for their motivations and aspirations.


What can you expect from us? -  All consultants here at Key Skills have completed or are working towards specific qualifications in recruitment to ensure highest quality of practice. Interviewing teachers is an integral part of a recruitment consultant’s day-to-day responsibilities. We have therefore made it paramount that our consultants are highly trained interviewers, experts in uncovering the right character attributes that will ensure they are a good match for schools we are working with.

We are not just looking for teachers with a consistent work history, we are also looking to uncover classroom practitioners who have the right character attributes to fit into the unique personality of the schools we are working with and have the drive and enthusiasm to compliment the ambitions at the school. Our proficient team of consultants aspire to meet all the schools that we work with so as to accurately understand the kind of individual that will be a success at the school.

Once teachers are in post, schools benefit from our continuous dialogue throughout the academic year which allows us to resolve any minor issues before they escalate.


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November 15, 2016

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