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The school provision and support panel at St Christopher’s School, Wrexham

Staff at St Christopher’s School established a provision and support panel as a result of the rapid changes in the complexity of pupil needs linked to the implementation of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018. Leaders identified that the school also needed to quickly develop its support for pupils’ well-being and its approach to staff members’ professional learning, to manage these challenges. This multi-disciplinary forum is used to consider in detail the support provided by the school to meet pupils’ needs. When it does make referrals to external partners it is assured that these are appropriate. As a result, leaders report that staff feel more confident in planning for, and meeting the needs of, pupils with a range of complex additional needs. The school is now in a strong position to support pupils, parents and staff members as the profile of the pupil cohort changes.