Special needs are a complexity for learners in any learning environment but with more awareness in schools it has become less of a struggle. I feel teachers should be more aware of the student’s needs. In the case of a dyslexia student, the teacher may need to organise more time for them during any assessments. A student with impaired sight or hearing may have to be seated near the front of the classroom and may need special equipment, or classrooms may need to be changed to suit a student with mobility problems (Petty, G 2009). All these considerations could make a students learning easier.It became clear to me that a teacher has many roles within a school; an educator, an assessor, an assistant and a role model (Harden R M, 2000). First and foremost, a teacher’s role is to educate their students but it is also important for a teacher to assess a students learning. I noticed that assessment is part of a teacher’s day. When class first began, assessment took place by students doing a spelling test on words they learned throughout the past week. Evaluation and assessment should be on-going to help identify when learning is ineffective (Petty G, 2009). Teachers will often find that they are needed to assist colleagues in activities such as lunch-time supervision, sports trips or perhaps after-school study. Most importantly, a teacher is a role model to students. In primary schools this is more evident when students learn to write by copying a teacher. But this trend can continue on to second level, when students never turning up to class on time because the teacher is regularly late. “Do as I say, not as I do” does not suffice in these circumstances.