Support Services

ALN Team

Who are we?

Each campus has an Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator (ALSCo) and a team of Additional Support Assistants (ASAs) who provide in-class and out-of-class support for young people with ALN. Each campus team is supported by an ALN Administrator and the ALN Assessor assesses young people for exam access arrangements.

In addition, Communications Support Workers (CSWs) provide support for young people who use British Sign Language (BSL) and the Transition and Review Officers support young people moving from school to college.

Find your campus ALN support team’s contact details below:

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Elaine Jones

ALN Manager

I qualified as a primary school teacher and worked in inner-city schools in Birmingham for 10 years. When I moved back to Wales, I began working for Coleg Gwent. Since starting in 2007, I have worked as a lecturer, skills co-ordinator and learning advisor in the library before specialising in additional learning needs. I was the Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator in Newport and was appointed ALN Manager 3 years ago.

I have a Masters in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and Post Graduate Certificate in Autism.

I enjoy travelling and back-packed around the world by myself for a year. I’m scared of heights but I have done a parachute jump, bungee jump and aerial assault course. It hasn’t helped cure me of my fear of heights though.

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Glyn Price

Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator

I have happily worked for Coleg Gwent for over 25 years both as a lecturer and ALSCo.

I was a founder member of The Gwent Cave Rescue Team (still in the dark).

Email: Glyn.Price@coleggwent.ac.uk
Room: D2.06
Phone: 07485 314803

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Louise Russo

Transition and Review Officer / ALN Administrator

I have worked for Coleg Gwent for 20 years with many different job roles.

I love being abroad and turn into a 12-year-old when I go to Disney World Florida.

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

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Sharon Bessant

Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator

I have worked for Coleg Gwent for 7 years.

I enjoy creating beautiful jewellery with real flowers.

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

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Sally Parkinson-Cribb

Transition and Review Officer/ALN Project Co-ordinator

I have worked at Coleg Gwent for almost 4 years as a Personal Coach and ESOL lecturer and I have recently joined the ALN team.

I have a Masters in Education and I’m currently studying a PG Diploma in Dyslexia Assessment, always have an essay hanging over my head!

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Jordan Davies

ALN Administrator

I have worked for Coleg Gwent for a little over a year, and work in both the ALN and Exams Department.

I study a Politics & Philosophy Degree part time and have adopted a Panda in China!

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Michelle Williams

Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator

I have a background in learning support and have worked across multiple campuses teaching and supporting learners in further education. I have worked for Coleg Gwent for the last 5 years, and have recently joined the ALN team.

I love music, camping, walking and being outside with my dog.

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

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Lowenna Huggins

Transition and Review Officer

I have worked in education for over 10 years, since I trained to be a drama teacher.

I love cats and running half marathons.

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Victoria Cleave

ALN Administrator

I worked in financial services for over 10 years, within educational administration for 6 years, and Coleg Gwent for a little over 2 years.

I have a Masters Degree in Novel Writing and enjoy writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Cosy Mysteries.

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Gavin Vowles

Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator

I have worked in education for around 10 years.

I love my family, music, and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (COYS).

Email: Gavin.Vowles@coleggwent.ac.uk
Room: C2.02C
Phone: 07485 329910

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Kath Clegg

Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator

I’ve been an ALSCo for 5 years and worked in the college for 8, working from ASA to ALSCo.

I have 2 Masters Degrees, 2 dogs and love lifting weights in my spare time.

Email: Kathryn.Clegg@coleggwent.ac.uk
Room: 2.19 (TLZ), C1.05 (Usk)
Phone: 07485 314807

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Cat Wall

Transition and Review Officer

I have dedicated my career working with young people and children in a variety of settings, including specialist education, residential care, safeguarding in sport and youth offending.

I enjoy going on adventures and exploring new places.

Email: Cat.Wall@coleggwent.ac.uk
Room: TLZ T02.18
Phone: 07485 329826

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Rhys Lewis

Autism Spectrum Disorder Coach

I have supported people with autism for over 10 years. First at University where I studied Creative and Therapeutic Arts. From there I started to work in an Autism Resource Base where I provided support and strategies to staff, families and pupils with ASD across Torfaen.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. My interests include technology, current events and cooking. I especially enjoy going out for a meal to my favourite restaurant Wagamama.

Email: Rhys.Lewis@coleggwent.ac.uk
Phone: 07485 314804

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David Clegg

Assistive Technology Coach

I have worked in education for approximately 7 years both as a support worker and teacher. Previously I worked in the programming sector and used to create websites for various different companies.

I enjoy going to the theatre, music and all types of sport. I am an Arsenal fan and once played semi-professional football for Dagenham and Redbridge as a goalkeeper.

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Hannah Williams

ALN Project Co-ordinator

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Sally Parkinson-Cribb

ALN Project Co-ordinator

I have worked at Coleg Gwent for almost 4 years as a Personal Coach and ESOL lecturer and I have recently joined the ALN team.

I have a Masters in Education and I’m currently studying a PG Diploma in Dyslexia Assessment, always have an essay hanging over my head!