Additional Learning Needs
In 2018 the Additional Learning Needs Act was put in place in order to transform provision for children with a learning need, as the current system was out of date.
The whole of Wales will transition to the new ALN system over a period of 3 years. The new system provides a clear definition of ALN.
"A person has Additional Learning Needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability (whether the learning difficulty or disability arises from a medical condition or otherwise) which calls for Additional Learning Provision".
The New ALN Code of Practice
There will be a single legislative system relating to the support given to children and young people aged between 0-25 years who have an ALN.
- A Unified Plan - The Act creates a single statutory plan (the individual development plan, IDP) to replace the existing variety of statutory and non-statutory SEN or LDD plans for learners in schools and further education.
- Increased participation of learners.
- High Aspirations - The emphasis of IDPs will be on making provision that delivers tangible outcomes.
- Increased collaboration with agencies, pupils and parents.
- Statements of special educational needs and non-statutory plans will be phased out and replaced by the individual development plans (IDPs).The IDP will be available at either an LA or school-based level. The IDP will be a statutory document and as such will provide a greater level of protection for children or young persons that are currently supported by non-statutory plans.
- IDPs to replace Statements and a planned transitional period.
Support for Parents and Carers
Click on the links below to access Parent Information Leaflets.