Pupil Support staff operate across the ability range, across the curriculum and at all stages.  The principal roles and responsibilities are based on the 5 roles of the Pupil Support Specialist.


  1. Individual tuition – providing direct teaching and support for pupils experiencing Additional Support Needs.  This may take the form of one to one or group teaching.


  1. Co-operative Teaching – support staff and/or subject teachers support the work of the class and subject teachers by targeting assistance in a  planned way to pupils experiencing barriers to learning but also by enriching the overall quality of teaching and learning.


  1. Consultancy – Support staff, teachers from specialist advisory services and outside services advice SMT and colleagues on ways of improving quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning throughout the school and on particular areas of subjects in the curriculum; they also give advice and guidance on the learning needs and programmes of individual pupils.


  1.  Providing specialist services- Pupil Support staff provides exceptional services to individual pupils’ e.g. short- term assistance to help pupils catch up or adjust to new school or class.


  1.  Staff development – Specialist staff in Additional Support Needs are able to contribute to the enhancement of their colleagues’ professional development.