All partners have an important role to play in identifying positive and constructive relationships- including the school, the Local Authority, outside agencies and parents. It is crucial for everyone to work together to ensure your child or young person can reach their full potential.
Overview of Roles and Responsibilities
A number of partners are involved in Additional Learning Needs (ALN) policy-making and provision. Read about the statutory responsibilities of your child’s school and the policies you should expect the school to have regarding ALN.
The School Governing Body
A school’s governing body helps to formulate school policy. Read about how the governing body works in collaboration with the headteacher to ensure that children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) are supported fully at school.
The School Headteacher
The headteacher is the most senior teacher at a school and is responsible for the education of all pupils. Learn about the headteacher’s responsibilities with regard to supporting children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN).
The Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator
Each school has a designated Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) who plays a key role in Additional Learning Needs (ALN) policy and provision. Find out how the ALNCo advises and supports other members of staff.
Other Teachers and School Staff
Supporting children and young people with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) is a whole-school responsibility. Read about how all teachers and school staff members play a role in ALN provision and policy development.
The Role of the Local Authority
The Local Authority is responsible for providing guidance to schools and other education settings about their statutory duties to promote high standards of education for all children. Read more about the role of the Local Authority.
The Role of Parents and Carers
Parents and carers have unique knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared understanding of a child’s needs and the best ways of supporting them. Learn more about the important role you play as a parent.
Building Relationships with Professionals
Strong partnerships between parents and teachers are crucial to promoting a child’s development. View advice about building effective partnerships and learn what support you can expect to receive from your child’s teachers.
The Role of a Parental Supporter
Parents may feel overwhelmed when dealing with their child’s Additional Learning Needs (ALN). In this situation, a parental supporter may be able to help. Learn more about parental supporters and the help and advice they can provide.
Parent Partnership Services provide support and advice to parents whose children have Additional Learning Needs. Information and advice is provided by a dedicated team who provide accurate and neutral information.