Our School ethos
We have an inclusive supportive ethos which promotes high self-esteem and aims to meet the needs of all pupils. We recognise that pupils have different abilities, talents and learning needs and we plan and organise the formal and informal curriculum to meet these and to raise standards for everyone.
We aim to ensure that our children have every opportunity to develop confidence and the capacity to become successful, lifelong learners.
What does Additional Learning Needs (ALN) mean?
Children can have a learning difficulty from time to time, if they:
· Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
· Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age, in schools within the same local authority
· Are in Early Years provision and fall within the definitions above or would do so if additional educational provision was not made for them.
(Section 213, Education Act 1996)
Pupils’ Additional Learning Needs are broken down into four main categories:
· Cognition and Learning
· Communication and Interaction
· Sensory, Physical and Medical Needs
· Behavioural, Emotional and Social Needs
Identification and Support of ALN
The first person to identify that a child has ALN may be yourself, as parent or carer; the class teacher; a health visitor or another medical professional.
If it seems that your child may have ALN, your child’s class teacher or the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCO) will assess:
· Their strengths and weaknesses
· What your child would benefit from learning
· How best to help your child learn
· Whether additional support is needed
If it is decided that your child may have ALN then we will immediately look at making provisions necessary for them to succeed, if these are not already in place. We would seek to inform you of any changes in their current provision.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please speak to your child's class teacher or the Inclusion Manager, Mrs Prevel. You can meet Mrs Prevel and other members of the inclusion team at our weekly Coffee afternoon - Find out Friday!
ALN Directory (Register)
The school keep a record of pupils with ALN to ensure that their needs are being met. This list of pupils and their provision is regularly reviewed. If your child is identified as having ALN, you will be informed that they are being placed on the ALN Directory.
Support and Provision
Pembroke Dock Community School has many provisions and a large support team (know as the Inclusion Team), who work to support pupils with ALN. If your child is receiving support that is additional to or different from the differentiated plan which is in place as part of normal provision, then your child’s teacher will set out an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Stages of support
If your child is identified as having ALN, the level of support they need will be categorised one of three ways:
School Action: This could be further assessment, additional or different curriculum materials or a different way of teaching. This might sometimes, but not always, be in the form of additional support. If it is additional support, then your child’s teacher will set them targets to work towards (with your help, of course) and outline the provision in place to help them achieve the targets. This is an IEP.
School Action Plus: Where outside agencies (eg. Speech and Language Therapists, Health Professionals, Behaviour support teachers etc) work with the school to put in place support for the pupil.
Statement: Where the Local Authority determine the Additional Learning Needs provision necessary for a pupil.
How can I help my child?
If your child has an IEP, then you can work with your child on the suggestions made on that document. In addition, you can speak to the class teacher and keep an eye out for events held at the school to support you in helping your child to succeed. Most importantly, make sure your child is in school everyday to have access to the support put in place to help them succeed.
Why not attend our weekly Find Out Friday sessions to meet the school ALNCo and other members of the Inclusion Team? See the Inclusion "Find out Friday" section for more information.