Roles and Responsibilities of a SENTA

Roles and Responsibilities of a SENTA

Are you looking for work as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant (SENTA)? I bet you are! You have landed on the right page to see the roles and responsibilities of SENTA. This role is essential in schools for children with special needs. The SENTA’s responsibilities are to be friendly, detail-oriented, and provide safe guardianship.

Hi, I am Sahiti Aluru, I have worked as a SENTA in the past. I would like to share my experience with you through this post.

I must say working with special needs children can be unpredictable. As a SENTA you must have relevant experience and training. You need to have Physical Strength and you need to be Susceptible as you need to be always Attentive and actively engaged with children. As a SENTA, you play an essential role in developing the students’ skills and effective communication. From my experience, I believe you can gain expertise in being a Special Needs Teaching Assistant. In this post below, I will cover the responsibilities of a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and how you can succeed in this role.

Be Observant and Active

As a SENTA you need to be very attentive, as the student’s next action is unpredictable and could be uncertain. The SENTA must always sit or stand beside the assigned 1:1 student or the group of students to be able to help them when needed. It is also important to pay a lot of attention to the teacher, as you act as a communicator between the teacher and the pupil.

The SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) should be highly active and flexible, as they need to be ready to assist students when an incident occurs. It’s also essential to focus on the physical well-being of the students, as good physical health keeps students fresh and makes the SENCo’s job easier.

Being active and attentive makes the job of the SENTA much easier and leads the way for success in the role.

Behavioural and Emotional Support

I observed that Special needs children often have complex behavioural and learning challenges that need to be overcome. Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistants (SENTAs) should be able to address these challenges individually, depending on each student in the class. SENTAs should create a cooperative and comfortable learning environment for the students to help them concentrate on learning.

When you support a student on a one-to-one basis as a SENTA, there is a high chance that the student will become emotionally attached to you. This presents a valuable opportunity for you to form a strong bond with the student and support both the emotional and learning the student needs. But make sure to have in mind the safeguarding principles while wo

Communicate the Progress of the Student

The SENTA should be able to track the progress of the student. This could involve tracking the progress of a group of students assigned to you or it could be one-on-one tracking. Progress should be communicated to the subject or class teacher for each student, as it is very important to keep track of academic progress to help students progress to higher levels.

As a SENTA, sometimes you also must communicate with the parents of the student regarding the progress of their child as the parents need to know where their child is standing in academic progress. You need to be very clear and transparent while communicating the report of the student to the teacher or the parent.

Emerging Individuality in the Pupil

One of the primary responsibilities you will have is to prepare students to progress to their GCSEs and A Levels. It’s also important for you as a SENTA to focus on preparing the students for life beyond school so that they are ready to face the world in any situation.

You need to develop individualized strategies for each student in the class, as special needs include a range of different disabilities. Taking a personalized approach could be the most effective way to promote academic and personal growth for all the students in the classroom.

Positive Behavior to be Encouraged

It is often suggested that you need to create a classroom environment that encourages and rewards positive behaviour. Praising students is one of the best behaviour management strategies. Various forms of praise, such as personal, effect-based, and behaviour-specific strategies, can be introduced to encourage students.

You could use positive gestures such as a thumbs up or a smile to encourage a child who did well in class, without disturbing the flow of the class. Introducing reward methods and merit systems in the classroom or outside could also be helpful.

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of a SENTA?


  1. Caregiver
  2. Role Model
  3. Supporter
  4. Facilitator
  5. Observer
  6. Playful


  1. Prepare the class for the next class
  2. Get the students to settle down in the classroom
  3. Assist the 1:1 student assigned
  4. Assist the group of students assigned
  5. Monitor the Progress of the Pupils
  6. Be Active and Supportive
  7. Design diversified playful activities throughout the day.

Special Needs Teaching Assistant Role/Jobs That we have for you:

We have got 2 SENTA roles in London for you.

  1. SENTA in Plumstead.
  2. SENTA in Hillingdon.

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