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The school headteacher and school staff

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 school headteacher should, in co-operation with the governing body:

  • Determine the school's general policy and approach to provision for meeting Additional Learning Needs.
  • Establish the appropriate staffing and funding arrangements.
  • Maintain a general oversight of the school's work.

The school headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school's work, including the provision for Additional Learning Needs. The headteacher will need to keep the governing body fully informed. The headteacher will also need to work closely with the school's designated Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) to ensure effective and efficient provision is made to meet additional learning needs.

School staff

All teaching and support staff should be involved in the development and review of the school's Additional Learning Needs policy. They should also be fully aware of the school's practices and procedures in meeting Additional Leaning Neds and their role and responsibility within those practices and procedures.