What Does ‘ALN Support’ Mean?
Every child with Additional Learning Needs should have ALN support. This is also known as Additional Learning Provision. This means help that is additional to or different from the support generally given to other children of the same age.
The purpose of ALN support or Additional Learning Provision is to help children achieve the outcomes orlearning objectives set for them by the school. Schools should involve parents in this process.
ALN support can take many forms, including:
- making or changing materials and equipment;
- working with your child in a small group;
- observing your child in class or at break and keeping records;
- helping your child to take part in the class activities;
- making sure your child has understood things by encouraging them to ask questions and to try something they find difficult;
- helping other children work with your child, or play with them at break time;
- supporting your child with physical or personal care, such as eating, getting around schoolsafely, toileting or dressing;
- a special learning programme for your child;
- extra help from a teacher or a learning support assistant.
“How should the school help my child?”
All schools must make ‘reasonable adjustment’ in order to support your child. Depending on your child’s needs, this may include;
- differentiating’ tasks (i.e. making tasks simpler or tailoring them to your child’s ability);
- Offering different ways of recording information (e.g. labelling pictures, diagrams or flow-charts);
- Using multi–sensory activities;
- Breaking down learning into small manageable steps;
- Helping children to organise their written work by using writing frames;
- Allowing extra time to complete tasks;
- By keeping instructions short and clear;
- By constantly praising and encouraging the child for achievements made.
Some children may work with a teaching assistant – before, during or at the end of a lesson. However, children should be encouraged to work independently whenever possible.