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Meet The Team

Additional Learning Support Coordinators

Transition and Review Officer





ALN Manager

Elaine Jones

Michelle Williams

Sharon Bessant

Gavin Vowles

Lowenna Higgins

Jordan Davies

Louise Russo

Luka Brackley

Rhys Lewis

David Clegg



Amanda Taylor

Carly Williams

ALN Admin


Lucy Jones

Jonathan Smith

Victoria Cleave

The ALN Team The ALN Team is made up of 4 Additional Learning Support Coordinators (ALSCO’s) and a team of Additional Support Assistants (ASA’s). The ASA’s provide both in class and out of class support for any learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN). In addition to the ASA’s, there are also Communication Support Workers (CSW’s) who work with learners who communicate using British Sign Language (BSL). On each campus there is an ALN Administrator and Transition Review Officer who support the ALSCO as well as students that have any queries. There is also an ALN Assessor, ASD Coach and an Assistive Technology Coach who are based on all of the campuses who can provide additional support for learners. The ALN Team is Managed by the ALN Manager – Elaine Jones. For more information, please click on the link below: https://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/support/additional-learning-needs/aln-team The role of the ALN Assessor is to assess learners for Exam Access Arrangements. They work across all campuses and provide additional support to the ALSCO’s.

The ALSCO is the person who takes day-to-day responsibility for all learners with ALN. They work closely with the learners, staff, parents and external agencies. The key responsibilities are:

  • Advising and supporting lecturers and other staff within the college setting
  • Overseeing and coordinating the ASA’s
  • Supporting the ASA’s to undertake support requirements
  • Carrying out assessments to aid learners development
  • Updating and working on the ALN Portal to ensure all support needs are met
  • Assess for a diagnosis
  • Decide on what course the learner will enrol on.
If a lecturer is looking for a diagnosis for a learner, they should:
  • Speak to the ALSCO for advice on strategies initially
  • Refer the learner to inspire for external support
  • If they need the Assistive Technology coach, speak to the ALSCO
  • The ALSCO is able to signpost the learner to the relevant assessment centre
If the learner is looking at a course, the ALSCO CANNOT decide which course the learner is wanting to go onto. This decision is a CURRICULUM DECISION, and the Head of School needs to make that decision, NOT the ALSCO.

The role of the Transition and Review Officer enables the learner to move smoothly from school to college in the following ways –

  • Attending annual reviews at school
  • Building and maintaining positive collaborations with external agencies
  • Ensuring the transitional needs are met in correlation with those stated on the IDP
  • Adapting the transition process to suit the individual learner – the process must be person-centred.
  • Arranging campus visits
  • Arranging for the learner to meet key staff
  • Providing opportunities to ask questions

ALN Manager Email: Elaine.Jones@coleggwent.ac.uk

Crosskeys Email: Michelle.Williams@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: K.10 Phone: 01495 333482

Newport Email: Sharon.Bessant@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: C201C Phone: 01633 466133

BGLZ Email: Gavin.Vowles@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: D2.06

Crosskeys Email: Lowenna.Huggins@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: K.10

Newport E-mail: Jordan.Davies@coleggwent.ac.uk Phone: 01633 466022

BGLZ Email: Louise.Russo@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: D2.06 Phone: 07485 329846

TLZ Email: Luka.Brackley@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: 2.20

Cross Campus The role of the ASD Coach is to support learners with Autism. They work across all of the campuses and support all ASD learners. They are ASD specialists who have techniques and specialist knowledge to enable learners to progress further. Email: Rhys.Lewis@coleggwent.ac.uk Phone: 07485 314804

Cross Campus The role of the Assistive Technology Coach is to assist learners and staff in discovering what assistive technology would best help the learner and their difficulties. They work across all campuses and have specialist knowledge on technology. Email: David.Clegg@coleggwent.ac.uk

Cross Campus Mainstream IDP Co-Ordinator Email: Amanda.Taylor@coleggwent.ac.uk

Cross Campus ILS IDP Co-Ordinator Email: Carly.Williams@coleggwent.ac.uk

Crosskeys ALN Admin Email: Lucy.Jones@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: K.10

TLZ ALN Admin Email: Johnathan.Smith3@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: 2.18

Crosskeys ALN Admin Email: Victoria.Cleave@coleggwent.ac.uk Room: K.10