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Additional Learning Needs

Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Special Educational Needs (SEN) will now be known as Additional Learning Needs (ALN) as a result of a new act, the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018.

What’s happening?


The ALN Code and regulations which support the Act were approved in April 2021.  The new ALN system will went live in September 2021, whilst transformation from the old SEN system started in January 2022.  The implementation period will last three years until summer 2024, during which time Statements of SEN and individual education plans (IEPs) will be converted into individual development plans (IDPs).  This will be done in a mandatory phased approach on the basis of year groups.

Click on the links below for Welsh Government guides for learners and families:


See below for letter sent to parents (November 2021):

Letter to parents Nov 2021 

Watch this video clip about the changes:

Universal Learning Provision

Universal Learning Provision is support that is available to all pupils at Waunarlwydd Primary School. Children may access this support to in order to make progress in their learning, e.g. literacy and numeracy catch-up programmes. This support takes place in all classes and teachers closely monitor the children’s progress.

Examples of Universal Learning Provision at Waunarlwydd Primary:

Role of the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo)

The ALNCo has responsibility for:

  • writing and implementing Additional Learning Needs (ALN) policy
  • liaising and offering advice to school staff on ALN issues
  • determining if a child has ALN in conjunction with outside specialists
  • contributing to in-service training for teachers
  • liaising with parents of children with ALN and arranging review meetings
  • ensuring the appropriate individual (or group) educational plan is in place
  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s ALN policy
  • co-ordinating provision for children with ALN
  • managing Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) or Teaching Assistants (TAs)
  • overseeing the records of all children with ALN
  • liaising with external agencies including advisory teachers and educational psychology services, health and social services, and voluntary bodies.

For further information click on the link below: