Additional Learning Needs
Mrs M Davies
Teacher-in-charge of Learning Resource Base
Mr I G Long
LSAs Learning Resource Base
Mrs Bethan Evans
Brief introduction to Additional Learning Needs
All teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs. We recognise that it is the teacher's responsibility to meet the needs of all children in their class through their classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style and differentiation.
However, if the pupil does not make adequate progress even when teaching approaches are targeted at a pupil's identified area of difficulty, then the pupil may be identified as having Special Educational Needs.
All pupils are entitled to a balanced and broadly based curriculum. All staff at Afon Tâf High School strive to ensure that teaching arrangements and strategies are fully inclusive. The majority of pupils will have their needs met through normal classroom arrangements and appropriate differentiation. Additional school-based short-term interventions to support learning may include: withdrawal support for both reading and spelling; targeted group spelling; handwriting; Literacy and Numeracy Catch –Up sessions. All staff are responsible for identifying pupils with Special Educational Needs. The ALNCo will work with staff to ensure that those pupils who may need additional or different support are identified at an early stage.
The Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo)
The Special Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Melanie Davies. She can be contacted by telephoning the school office. Her responsibilities include:
- Co-ordinating provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs;
- Liaising with and advising fellow teachers to support learners with SEN;
- Line managing Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) responsible for any aspect of SEN;
- Liaising with parents of pupils with Special Educational Needs;
- Liaising with the Junior/Secondary School SENCos, Educational Psychologists, Specialist teachers, School Nurse, Speech and Language Therapists, School Counsellors, Behaviour Support Teachers and other Health Service and Social Service professionals; and meeting regularly with other ALNCos in the county to identify and share best practice.