Additional Learning Needs at Herbert Thompson



At Herbert Thompson Primary we care greatly about the welfare and education of EVERY child.


At Herbert Thompson Primary we have a shared vision where staff, governors, parents

and children work together in partnership to provide every child with the best education

possible. We have a committed team of staff who work with our children in group settings

and on an individual level. This is in order to ensure all children feel happy and secure,

working within a safe environment in order to realise their full academic potential.

Interventions that take place are tailored to meet the needs of individual pupils and all

teachers meet regularly to monitor progress and plan the way forward.


At Herbert Thompson Primary we cater for pupils who experience difficulties in:

 • Communication and interaction

 • Cognition and learning

 • Emotional health and wellbeing

 • Sensory and/or physical and medical conditions


Our Additional Learning Needs (ALN) structure to develop learning support throughout the school:

 • Mrs Moore (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator - ALNCO)

 • Class Teachers

 • Learning Support Assistants




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We have rigorous systems and processes in place at Herbert Thompson Primary that ensures that ALL children’s attainment, progress and attendance is closely monitored, tracked and discussed at set times in the year. Appropriate provision is put in place in order to meet the needs of our children striving to break down any barrier to learning.


Our systems and processes include:


‘Learning Reviews’


  • Reviews are carried out with all individual class teachers and the ALNCO in November and June.

  • Pupil information and attainment data is analysed to identify progress against all individual pupils’ personal (Non Verbal score) targets as well as National Expectation targets

  • Pupils’ ALN Status and Needs are reviewed and identified based on available evidence

  • Pupil Profiles are updated to meet the changing needs of our children

  • Possible barriers to attainment and ‘Further Actions’ are identified and recorded for class teachers and the ALNCO to action following Learning Reviews.

  • As part of support pupils with identified needs, the school follows the Local Authority Inclusion Graduated Response for Additional Learning Needs to support further actions.  


‘Mini Learning Reviews’


  • Reviews are carried out with all LSAs (including 1:1 support LSAs) and the ALNCO in January and July tracking pupil progress within focused support and interventions and against individual targets for those pupils who have designated 1:1 support

  • Intervention and individual pupil tracking data is analysed to identify progress

  • Possible barriers to attainment and ‘Further Actions’ are identified

  • Amendments are made to interventions, as appropriate, to improve and maximise the impact of provision and support

  • The impact of interventions and support is reviewed at the end of the year by LSAs against clear objectives set in September as part of Performance Management procedures.


All pupils have needs. We are responsible for facilitating their learning and ensuring pupils fulfil their potential with the invaluable support of parents and outside agencies involved with the child.


How you can help to support your child and the school?


  • Please ensure you have regular contact with your child’s class teacher to celebrate progress, attainment and share good news or to discuss any possible concerns and how we can work together to improve outcomes for your child.

  • Please ensure you attend all Parent Interview meetings with your child’s class teacher at least twice a year at designated times and, as necessary.

  • Please ensure you attend meetings to review progress and discuss any concerns with Mrs Pullin. Your views and support is vital to support ongoing progress.  

  • In some cases, where we are concerned about progress in learning, emotional needs or attendance; parents/carers will be invited to attend a Parent/Carer Support Planning Meeting with the class teacher and possibly a Senior Leader. Your child will be a key part of this planning meeting. This focused meeting happens at Stage 2 of the Graduated Response before considering next steps if necessary. We will discuss ‘What is working well? What could be working better/improved? Challenges and Strengths’. We will collaboratively identify key targets and strategies for the pupil, parents/carers and school to help achieve the targets set. A review meeting will be arranged within 2 weeks. We will either ‘close the plan’ or ‘continue the plan’ with subsequent fortnightly reviews.

  • Please ensure you attend any meetings arranged with Specialist Teachers and key professionals from Achievement and Inclusion Teams within the Local Authority to support improvement and provision.   

  • Mrs Pullin is always willing to discuss any concerns and reassure parents. Please come to the main office to make an appointment. Your views and support is always appreciated.

  • Please respond to any messages or requests to meet with staff in order to work together to support the needs of your child. We understand if parents work it is sometimes hard to be at school but we are always willing to make appointments at mutually convenient times. Your child is at the centre of everything we do at Herbert Thompson Primary School.


At Herbert Thompson Primary, we pride ourselves in forming positive and mutually respectful partnerships with parents, families and outside agencies to solely support the children in our care and their progress in all areas.


As a school, we have worked closely and collaboratively with Snap Cymru in our ongoing support of pupils additional learning needs.


SNAP Cymru provides information, advice and support for parents, children and young people (as well as schools) who have, or may have, special educational needs or disabilities.

They can provide the following impartial, confidential and free services:

  • Helpline Advice and Support

  • Specialist Casework

  • Independent Specialist Advocacy

  • Avoidance and Resolution of Disagreement


Contact details:

  • SNAP Cymru, Head Office, 10 Coopers Yard, Curran Road, Cardiff, CF10 5NB

  • Helpline 0808 801 0608

  • Office 02920 348 990



Together, we are stronger and can work in partnership to achieve positive outcomes for all.

Together we can’‘Find your child’s talents and let them grow’



Additional Learning Needs Coordinator - Mrs Moore