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Additional learning needs reform

This page provides a summary of the key messages relating to additional learning needs reform during the academic year 2021-22. Click on the arrows for more details.

What’s going well

  • Generally, members of staff that lead on ALN have a good understanding of the requirements of the reform.
  • Support for ALN from local authorities and regional consortia in terms of professional learning and the establishment of new statutory roles, has been useful and well received by providers.
  • Nearly all providers have begun to identify learners in need of specialised additional support and mapped out universal provision for others.
  • Nearly all providers have begun to implement key elements of ALN reform, such as person-centred practices, individual development plans and one page profiles.

What needs to improve

  • The understanding of individual members of staff about their responsibility in supporting pupils with ALN is variable.
  • The availability of Welshmedium resources to support pupils with ALN is limited.
  • The uncertainty regarding the future impartiality of advice and guidance for learners in special schools when considering their post-16 options.