Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
These are school staff who work with teaching and pastoral staff to assess, identify and work with those pupils who need extra help to overcome barriers to Local Authorityrning inside and outside school. They are a single point of contact for accessing specialist support services, such as the Social Services, Youth Services, Education Welfare Services etc.
LSA / Learning Support Assistant
This is a widely used job title for assistants providing in school support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. An LSA will normally work with a particular pupil or pupils providing close support to the individual pupil and assistance to those responsible for teaching him/her. Some assistants specialising in SEN may also be known by titles other than LSA as these matters are decided locally. LSAs are one of a group of assistants coming within the broader DfES classification of "teaching assistant".