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Needs Code February 2017

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Chapter 5 – Role of

Chapter 5 – Role of the ALNCo Summary 5.1 The Act introduces a new statutory role: an Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo). Details of this role are provided below. The Additional Learning Needs Coordinator The duty of governing bodies to designate an ALNCo 5.2 All maintained mainstream schools, maintained nurseries, PRUs and FEIs in Wales must designate a person 14 , or more than one person – to be known as an ALNCo – who will have responsibility for coordinating provision for learners with ALN. 5.3 The designation of an ALNCo does not remove the need for broader workforce training. All staff who work with children and young people have a responsibility for ensuring that their learners’ needs are identified and provided for. The ALNCo within the education setting 5.4 All teachers and staff are educators of children and young people with ALN. Teachers and staff are all responsible for supporting children and young people with ALN. The ALNCo will be the individual who at a strategic level will ensure the needs of all learners with ALN within the education setting are met. The role ought to be seen as a strategic one within the education setting, as significant as roles such as head teachers, principals, deputy head teachers, etc. ALNCos should, therefore, form part of the senior leadership team or have a clear line of communication to the senior leadership team. This will support the institution in being proactive in identifying and supporting the needs of children and young people. 5.5 The ALNCo will need to be involved in the strategic coordination of ALN resources, such as in deploying and supporting staff and working with colleagues on the senior leadership team to plan and decide on the appropriate resources required to support staff within the setting. ALNCos need to be actively involved in decisions around budgets and resources to help plan appropriate provision. 5.6 ALNCos are not expected to be directly involved with the day to day process of supporting every learner with ALN. This is the responsibility of the class teacher, however learning support staff can aid the ALNCo in 14 Section 54 of the Act Page | 22

ensuring that teachers are supported and the needs of all learners are met. 5.7 It is vital that the ALNCo has sufficient time and resource to undertake their responsibilities effectively, including dedicated time away from teaching. The head of the education setting should ensure that the ALNCo is supported in this way. Clear and sufficient time allocation will ensure that the ALNCo is able to undertake their duties effectively. 5.8 If the ALNCo role is combined with other non-teaching responsibilities it is important that these other duties are compatible with the duties they are expected to perform as an ALNCo and do not impinge on their responsibilities in this respect. 5.9 Learning support staff can be an important resource to the ALNCo when coordinating provision of support across the education setting. Learning support staff can provide specialist skills to support learners with ALN, and will offer both practical and administrative support to the ALNCo. The ALNCo should, therefore, have a role in the coordination of learning support staff and be given the opportunity to decide how they are deployed within the setting. That is not to say that the use of learning support staff is appropriate in all cases, they are just one of a number of resources that ought to be available to ALNCos. 5.10 ALNCos will be highly qualified and should have expertise in dealing with a broad spectrum of ALN. They may also choose to specialise in specific types of ALN and share this expertise beyond their particular education setting. 5.11 [Details around qualifications will be laid down by regulation and considered as part of the wider ALN Transformation Programme]. 5.12 The ALNCo will also provide professional guidance, advice and support to teaching practitioners and, where needed, information and support to parents and other agencies/institutions. The senior leadership team will advise, challenge and support the systems and processes to identify and meet the needs of the learners. The local authority may support the role of the ALNCo, including providing guidance where appropriate. The role and responsibilities of the ALNCo 5.13 The key responsibilities of the ALNCo should include: promoting inclusion within the education settings; becoming a source of expertise on ALN by developing specialist skills and knowledge; Page | 23

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