Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society supports our appeal – find out what he has to say about the NAS partnership with Axcis Education.
“ The partnership with Axcis is one of NAS’ most valued and long-standing. Their support over the last 6 years has allowed us to deliver transformational events, services and resources to professionals working with people with autism. This last year this has included sponsorship of ‘My World’ – an NAS campaign designed to ensure educational professionals have the resources they need to provide excellent education for children with autism in a safe and nurturing environment. Of course as part of this we rely in the SEN sector on being able to recruit, train and retain excellent educational professionals. This is why I am so delighted to see that Axcis have launched this campaign to encourage more educational professionals to consider a move into the sector and give it my full support.” Mark Lever, CEO NAS
You don’t need to be an experienced special needs teacher to help!
There is a known teacher shortage in England and Wales at the moment. The government have responded by offering incentives such as bursaries and golden hellos to high quality graduates who wish to train as teachers in shortage subject areas. Areas to receive such financial support include Mathematics, Science and English. Mandarin is also high on the agenda, with China becoming a rapidly growing global economy.
No incentives for special needs, despite the area being even more under-staffed!
It may surprise you to hear that special needs, comparatively speaking is three times more under-staffed than the mainstream area of the
teaching profession. This leads us to question why the Government are not extending such incentives to those who are considering becoming a special needs teacher.
At Axcis, we work exclusively with special needs schools and alternative provisions to provide the highest possible quality of teaching and support staff. We have found that these educational establishments are indeed crying out for teachers, and many vacancies remain unfilled after months of advertising and interviewing potential staff.
Why do we need autism teachers in particular?
Of the children in England and Wales with a statement of special educational needs (or now Education, Health and Care Plans), approximately 25% are on the autism spectrum, with diagnoses rising year on year. This means that autism teachers are now in particularly high demand, and this is expected to continue rising in the coming years.
This is why, at Axcis, we are currently running an appeal for autism teachers. If we don’t act now, there could be a deepening crisis in the staffing of special needs schools in the coming years. This does not necessarily mean that we are seeking only those staff with extensive experience teaching in this area. Indeed, the fact that the sector is so under-staffed means that we must attract new teachers, and develop the training and support available to enable them to perform effectively in this area.
Top quality training and support on offer
We provide Autism Awareness training with highly respected autism consultants affiliated with the National Autistic Society – our key partner. The schools we work with are also willing to train new autism teachers on the job, and provide highly trained support staff in the classroom to aid the transition. In addition to this, at Axcis we provide training in other areas, such as Team Teach and Moving and Handling – qualifications which can add to the skills needed in many special needs classrooms.
Get in touch or register today!
If you are a teacher who is considering making the transition to special educational needs, Axcis needs you to get in touch, or register today. We have vacancies across the country – from short term supply cover work to full-time, permanent roles. A few examples of our current autism vacancies are listed below, and there is an extensive list on our website, so there is sure to be something to suit you. In addition to this, at Axcis we can proactively contact schools on your behalf if there is a specific school or type of position of interest to you, and you can’t find it in our job listings.
- Mathematics teacher for high functioning autism class in Stoke on Trent
- Primary autism teacher needed in Reading
- Complex autism teacher needed in residential setting in London
- KS3 Autism teacher required for moderate special needs school in south Wales
Refer a friend?
If you are not ready to make the move to special needs teaching, but know someone who might be, Axcis offers a refer-a-friend scheme – so not only will you be doing your bit for autistic children who need fantastic teaching staff, you’ll also get a thank-you in shopping vouchers from Axcis. So pass our details on today, and support our appeal.