Plymouth Advisory Learning Support Service

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Plymouth Advisory Learning Support

Supporting schools in raising the attainment of learners with SEN

Plymouth Advisory Learning Support Services (PALS) works in partnership with primary, secondary schools, post-16 providers and special schools in Plymouth to:

  • develop effective whole-school SEN systems and processes
  • raise the attainment of learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • evaluate their SEN provision and practice

In conjunction with Plymouth University, PALS delivers the National Award for SEN Coordination and lead training for new SENCos to ensure Plymouth Schools are compliant with statutory legislation.

The service works closely with Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) and other staff through consultation, advisory and project work on a range of whole-school special educational needs issues with a school improvement focus.

Advice is provided on Plymouth statutory processes, resources and strategies to support pupils’ learning and to enable pupils with SEN to access the curriculum. A range of Continuing Professional Development (CDP) opportunities are provided for SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants.

Through PALS organised SENCO conferences and regular updates, SENCOs and schools are updated on national and local initiatives that impact on support for pupils with SEN in schools.


  • Sarah McConkey – Administrator
  • Lynn Bennetts
  • Susan Shelley
  • Maggie Parke
  • Jim Barnicott

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