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Additional Learning Needs

The Welsh Government is changing the way that children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) will be supported. The new system defines SEN as Additional Learning Needs (ALN). The new law for supporting children and young people with ALN will bring about several main changes that will make the process simpler and more transparent for all involved.

This website will provide advice and information to parent(s)/ carer(s) and young people about ALN, the new ALN system and what these changes will mean for children, young people and their families.

Getting support: a step-by-step guide

Speak to your child’s teacher

If you think that your child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN) talk to your child’s teacher or ALN Coordinator (ALNCo).

Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) together

If the school agrees with you that your child has ALN, the school will work with you and your child to create an IDP.

Discuss and concerns with the school, or local authority

If the school does not agree that your child has ALN, or you are dissatisfied with your child’s IDP, discuss it with the school or local authority

You can have access to an advocate

If the local authority agrees with the school but you are still unhappy, they can point you to independent advocacy services

You have a right to appeal

All children and your people and their parents or carers have the right to appeal against decisions to the Education Tribunal of Wales (ETW)

For further details and information watch this video guide.

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