ALN Transformation Programme

Supporting learners with ALN is hugely important to us at Mount Pleasant Primary School. We work closely with all of our families to ensure that learners have the best experience of their time with us and consider supporting our ALN learners a priority in order to ensure all experience success with us. 

Currently in Wales, there is an ongoing ALN Transformation Programme. Over the next few years the way that children with special educational needs (SEN) will be supported in school will change. A new act: 'Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018' has been put in place and changes to the processes and procedures for SEN are changing. The term SEN is changing to Additional learning Needs (ALN). There are several important reasons for this change:

  • The previous Special Educational Needs (SEN)  system is no longer fit for purpose.
  • It makes parents feel that they have to fight for the  support that their child needs.
  • It is not sufficiently child centred.
  • It is inefficient and expensive.
  • It is a barrier to early intervention.

​What is ALN and additional learning provision?  

Children and young people with ALN need extra support to learn. This would be because they: find it harder to learn than other children of the same age have a disability that means they cannot use, or find it difficult to use, facilities for learning in the local nursery, school or college.

As a school, there are key documents which support us in guiding our practice with ALN. Important documentation can be found by clicking on the items below. 

ALN Policy

A parent’s Guide to Additional Learning Needs

Additional Learning Needs in Wales - what’s happening?

How will the Act affect children, young people and parents/ carers?    

Implementing the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

Additional learning needs (ALN) system: parents’ guide A guide for parents and families about how children will move to the additional learning needs (ALN) system between September 2021 and August 2022

The Additional Learning Needs Code for Wales 2021