27 May, 2024 | Posted by Limin Bai

The Journey of Empowerment: Advancing Your Career in Special Needs Assisting and Inclusive Education

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"As a Special Needs Assistant tutor in the vibrant of Portobello, I have witnessed first-hand the transformative power of education and the profound impact that dedicated Special Needs Assistants (SNA’s) have on the lives of students with additional needs. Whether you are currently pursuing your SNA Level 5 or contemplating furthering your studies in SNA Level 6 or a Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Education, this journey holds immense potential not only for your career but also for the students and families you will support." - Limin Bai 

Why Continue to SNA Level 6? 

Advancing to SNA Level 6 allows you to deepen your understanding of diverse learning needs, develop advanced intervention strategies, and refine your ability to create inclusive educational environments. This level equips you with specialized skills that are increasingly demanded in educational settings. 

Holding an SNA Level 6 qualification opens doors to more advanced roles within schools and educational institutions. Many employers prefer or require this higher level of certification, recognizing the advanced training and expertise that comes with it. 

Achieving a higher level of qualification not only boosts your confidence but also enhances your professional credibility. It demonstrates your commitment to continuous learning and your dedication to providing the best possible support for students with special needs. 

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Exploring a Bachelor of Arts in Inclusive Education 

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Inclusive Education provides a broad and in-depth understanding of educational theories, inclusive practices, and policy frameworks. This knowledge is crucial for developing inclusive curriculums and ensuring that all students, regardless of their abilities, have access to quality education. With a BA in Inclusive Education, you are well-positioned to take on leadership roles within educational settings.

This qualification empowers you to advocate for inclusive policies, drive systemic change, and contribute to the development of more inclusive schools and communities and opens up a range of career opportunities beyond the traditional SNA role.

Graduates can pursue careers as inclusive education coordinators, special education teachers, educational consultants, or policy advisors, thereby broadening their impact within the educational sector. 

The Impact of Your Continued Education 

Continuing your education in the field of Special Needs Assistance and Inclusive Education not only advances your career but also significantly benefits the students you support. Here are some ways your continued learning can make a difference: 

  • With advanced training, you can better understand and address the unique needs of each student, providing tailored support that fosters their academic and personal growth.
  • Your enhanced skills and knowledge contribute to creating more inclusive and supportive learning environments where all students feel valued and included.
  • By pursuing higher education, you set a powerful example for your students, demonstrating the importance of lifelong learning and resilience. 

If you are considering continuing your studies in SNA Level 6 or a BA in Inclusive Education, now is the perfect time to take the next step.

Research our programs, connect with current students and alumni and seek advice from mentors and educators in the field.  

Remember, every step you take in advancing your education brings you closer to making a significant impact on the lives of students with special needs and contributing to a more inclusive society.

As you embark on this journey, know that the Portobello is here to support you every step of the way. Your dedication to inclusive education is not only commendable but essential in creating a brighter future for all students.

About the Author 


Limin Bai, Special Needs Assistant and Early Years Tutor. 

Read more about Limin Bai here

View our upcoming Special Needs Assistant courses here. 

For more information you can book a free consultation call with our admissions advisor Jennifer Matteazzi at a time that suits you here. Or you can email jennifer.matteazzi@portobelloinstitute.com or call her directly on 01 892 0031.

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