Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Leadership and Management of ALN
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment A Patchwork Text  A patchwork text that explores the process of introducing/refining an aspect of ALN. 4000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment A Patchwork Text  A patchwork text that explores the process of introducing/refining an aspect of ALN. 4000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically examine the specific functions and responsibilities of the ALNCo and the impact this has on staff, children and their families.

Evaluate effective partnership working in the context of ALN, and demonstrate a critical awareness of the benefits and challenges.

Develop a strategic plan to implement appropriate interventions and strategies for the support of ALN in students’ context.

Evaluate modes of effective leadership and management of ALN within the whole setting.

Brief description

This module will focus on the skills required to be an effective ALNCo under the ALNET. The module will require detailed reflection on areas of personal strength and areas for development. Case study scenarios will be used to explore the functions and responsibilities of the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo) in relation to children, families and inter-professional working. Students will be required to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of appropriate setting wide strategies to support those with ALN.


1. Develop a detailed understanding of the role of the ALNCo and the statutory framework, recognising the complexities of the role;
2. Distinguish and analyse the key issues surrounding working with others e.g. partnership working with the multi-disciplinary team and inter-professional working;
3. Explore and evaluate the planning and organisation of interventions and strategies for the support of ALN and inclusion in line with recognised professional standards;
4. Critically examine the key principles and practice of equality and diversity within the field of ALN and inclusion.


  • Using case studies to explore and identify the of roles and responsibilities of the ALNCo;
  • Establish the policy context of ALN in Wales and the implications for the ALNCo.
  • Identification of working with others effectively – including children, families and professionals (benefits and challenges);
  • Explore evidence-based intervention for those with ALN;
  • Identification and exploration of planning and organisation skills;
  • Different perspectives of inclusion, equality and diversity within ALN legislation.
  • Reflection on personal strengths and areas for development.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level. All module content is intended to challenge students to reconsider what they think they know, to adopt critical mindsets and to be ready to adapt what they do, in light of the new knowledge and understanding they encounter during the module.
Creative Problem Solving Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
Critical and analytical thinking Students will be supported to build skills in relation to critical analysis and develop a critical appreciation of the evidence they have engaged with in order to conceptualise and apply the knowledge in this topic to their own practice, and to develop their own theories of action in relation to the topic.
Professional communication Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to: Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Real world sense And holders will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: - the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility - decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations - the independent learning ability required
Subject Specific Skills A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice. Students will be assessed for their knowledge and critical awareness relating to the module topic. All students will be expected to relate this to their own practice.


This module is at CQFW Level 7