Better Together

A Special Teaching School Alliance

Developing Learning Support Colleagues

Learning Support Assistants / Teaching Assistants


So many of our colleagues in special schools and working in mainstream schools with youngsters with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are in fact Assistants rather than Teachers. We look at training at a variety of levels and all our courses are open to all colleagues unless it clearly states otherwise an entry requirement.



Better Together Teaching School Alliance are recruiting trainee teachers for September 2020, this is through the Schools Direct programme. We are looking to recruit candidates who are interested in teaching in special needs. In collaboration with Reading University and Better together Teaching Alliance, successful candidates will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


This event will enable staff to explore their options to begin their journey towards QTS without having to give up their jobs to study full time for a degree. The main focus for gaining degrees will be foundation degrees offered by local providers.


There will also be information about options from the Open University.


To register your interest and book a place for this event please email

Developing Learning Support Colleagues (ELKLAN)


Better Together Alliance intent to run an ELKLAN course for existing Learning Support Assistants to further develop and utilise their expertise.

The link below explains the content and rationale for the programme which is spread over a period of 10 weeks and will be facilitated by two Speech and Language Therapists.


If you are interested in this Continuing Professional Development opportunity or other similar programmes do please get in touch through

ELKLAN courses are quality assured by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.