Mrs E Griffiths

Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

A positive constructive attitude towards ALN is promoted and the school has established strong working practices in the following ways:

  • Good communication between primary and secondary school so transition for pupils is as smooth and trouble free as possible.
  • Early identification and assessment of ALN pupils on entering the school so appropriate intervention can improve prospects which is crucial in achieving literacy and numeracy targets.
  • Targets are set and programmes of work are built on strengths as well as addressing pupils’ needs. Teaching and Learning reflects the needs of the individual pupil with scope for improving achievements.
  • Good curriculum planning, organisation and implementation allow pupils to follow the school curriculum, including the National Curriculum. This also includes targets for the improvement of behaviour and the development of personal and social skills when appropriate.
  • Building blocks for children with ALN are literacy (speaking and listening reading and writing) language development and numeracy.
  • Good parental links are forged so that parents and pupils will have confidence in the school and be involved in decisions about their children.
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of pupils’ needs is essential in raising standards and for reviewing progress so that the quality of teaching and learning is improved.

The department is led by the Head of Department (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator). The ALNCO is supported by a Support Teacher and a team of Teaching Assistants.