Here a lot of sso jobs are given to parents who help out in school..now personally I believe this is wrong.
Here in Adelaide you need a qualification to serve coffee!!!!!! So why don't you need one to teach children with special needs..[/QUOTE]
I missed this the first time lol!
I can agree with you on this one except (you knew there would be a caveat, hey) if you are including SSOs in that! Teachers most definately would benefit from extra attention being paid to SEN as well as discipline. However, SSOs have to be verified to help in delivering the curriculum, in addition to having the essential disability training. SSOs are not there to teach.
Whether working in class or in small groups, our job is to support the teacher, not teach the kids. That means that the teacher remains responsible for what and how, we work with the kids. In fact, that lack of responsibility is one of the privileges of working as an SSO - I am able to work with individuals rather than en masse and I do not have the long hours and responsibility associated with being a teacher!
In a bit of a rush so I hope that made sense!