Additional Learning Needs

‘I am an inclusive teacher who is passionate that all pupils should achieve their potential. I believe that with an understanding open attitude to all pupils and the different ways that they learn we can make Meifod school a happy supportive school where all pupils look out for each other. We all need that little extra, or sometimes more, to help us, that is why I am here if you have any questions or concerns. You can email me on johnl253@hwbcymru.net or call the school on 01938 500 300.’ Lowri John

The Welsh Government is changing the way that children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) will be supported.

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 makes provision for a new statutory framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN) from the age of 0-25:

“To support the creation of a fully inclusive education system where all learners are given the opportunity to succeed and have access to an education that meets their needs and enables them to participate in, benefit from, and enjoy learning.

The ALN system aims to transform the expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with ALN placing learners’ views at the heart of the process. 

From September 2021, this system began to come into force with a three-year phased implementation period. A series of links and documents below provide additional information on the Act.

If you’d like to discuss anything relating to Additional Learning Needs at Ysgol Meifod, please contact Lowri John – ALNCo.

Welsh Government Guidance 
The Welsh Government aims to transform the expectations, experiences, and outcomes forchildren and young people with additional learning needs. To do so, they have developed the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act, which will transform the separate systems for Special Educational Needs (SEN) in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education, to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN. Welsh Government Additional Learning Needs Code: The Additional Learning Needs Code | GOV.WALES
 Welsh Government frequently asked questions: Additional learning needs transformation programme: frequently asked questions | GOV.WALES 

‘Parents have a fundamental role in helping their child to achieve their potential. The child is far more likely to achieve their outcomes and potential when parents are actively involved and their views, wishes and feelings are taken into account’ (ALN Code WALES 2021).

The links below are aimed at providing additional, accessible information for parents and carers to ensure they are able to play an active role in helping their child achieve their fullest potential.

Welsh Government Parents’ guide: Additional learning needs (ALN) system: parents’ guide [HTML] | GOV.WALES

Powys County Council Additional Needs Support – Additional L earning Needs – Powys County Council

A Parent’s Guide to Additional Learning Needs in Wales – click to access a short video