The Role of the Learning Support Assistant in Light of the New ALN Reform - Cardiff

EVENT - 9:15 AM - 3:45 PM, 10 November 2017

The Angel Hotel, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1SZ

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As the role of the Learning Support Assistant has developed in recent years there is an increase in the need to support children including those with additional needs. In particular, the Welsh Government’s drive to raise standards in schools and the need to tackle teacher workloads, has changed the way support staff are being deployed in schools. This conference sets out to consider the vital role Learning Support Assistants play in making a really valuable contribution to the achievement and wellbeing of pupils with ALN. In particular, the conference will focus on key elements in the learning assistant role in enabling access to the curriculum, facilitating independent learning and promoting inclusion in light of the new Welsh legislation for ALN.


Bronze and non-member price includes
a free Silver membership for a year


Benefits of attending this one day event:

  • Learn about how the statutory reform promotes more inclusive practice in schools;
  • Receive practical advice on whole school approaches in schools for supporting the implementation of the new bill;
  • Find out what really matters to children and young people in schools;
  • Find out about approaches that support families and help build a partnership ethos;
  • Each delegate will receive free Silver Membership to nasen for a year (worth £99)


09:15 - 09:45 Chair's Welcome
Additional Learning Needs in Wales: opportunities and challenges
- Dr Adam Boddison / Nichola Jones
09:45 - 10:45 The role of the Learning Assistant in raising standards
- Paula Bosanquet
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee
11:15 - 12:30 Effective Deployment of Learning Support Assistants
- Pauline Parkes
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Including all learners
-Sharon Drew
14:15 - 15:30 One size fits all? - Practical classroom strategies for ALN
- Alex Grady or Alison Wilcox
15:30 - 15:45 Closing remarks
- Dr Adam Boddison


The role of the Learning Support Assistant in Light of the New ALN Reform