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What is a Resource Teacher?

A resource teacher is a teacher who works with special needs or gifted children - also giving help to children with moderate learning difficulties, or extra help and support for children that are behind their expected level. Special education resource teachers work with students who have special needs in their regular classroom or a separate, designated classroom. This is often referred to as a special educational needs (SEN) teacher in the UK.


Resource teachers teach academics and basic life skills to students who have physical, emotional, cognitive and learning disabilities. Resource room teacher responsibilities include being able to adapt the curriculum to teach subjects like maths, reading and writing to these students. 


A resource teacher often works along with other teachers to help the students with reading, writing, and maths. A resource teacher does not have his/her own classroom; these teachers are more likely to pull groups of students from class or work with them after school.

Typically they start their career as a mainstream teacher and gain general teaching experience before moving into being a resource or SEN teacher. Training is usually available through part-time, in-service courses that are funded either by a school or LA.

They can also undertake further postgraduate professional development in areas of SEN. Options include certificates as well as a diploma or Masters in special educational needs. There are also opportunities to focus on particular areas such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Course content and titles vary according to the type of special educational need or disability covered. Courses are available either full or part time.

These courses can often provide extensive field opportunities, where prospective resource room teachers participate in classroom settings and get the chance to teach students with varying needs or disabilities. 


Resource teachers are often required to do a lot of work on their own time (e.g., preparation, grading, books).

The typical skills required include:

  • A commitment to working with pupils with special educational needs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to build good relationships based on trust with pupils and their families
  • Behaviour management skills, with the ability to manage confrontation and challenging behaviour
  • Initiative and problem-solving skills
  • Team Working skills to liaise with other teachers, teaching assistants, and other professionals such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists and social workers
  • Organisational skills
  • An observant and responsive approach
  • Flexibility - it's important to be able to respond to the needs of the children and adapt or change plans accordingly
  • A positive, energetic, and enthusiastic outlook
  • Patience, understanding and empathy with pupils and parents
  • A sense of humour.

The job of a resource room or SEN  teacher requires qualified teacher status (QTS).

To qualify as a teacher in a maintained school (England and Wales), they must have a degree and achieve QTS by completing a period of initial teacher training (ITT), (initial teacher education (ITE) in Wales).

Independent schools, academies and free schools are permitted to employ teachers without QTS but, in practice, this is uncommon.

In order to achieve QTS they can take an undergraduate Bachelor of Education (BEd) or a BA/BSc with QTS.

Are lessons provided by a Resource Teacher expensive?

With the TutorExtra platform you can find great teachers who can help you. Lessons start from £25-35 and many of the teachers may offer a first lesson free. This way you can choose which teacher you like the most and continue your learning journey with them.

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✅ Experts available : 3
✅ Average price : £88/hr
✅ Session format : Face-to-Face or Online
✅ First lesson free : Yes
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