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Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
Alun Davies, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language
We are transforming the system for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN) in Wales.

We want to transform expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs.

To do so, we have developed the ALN Transformation Programme, which will transform the separate systems for special educational needs (SEN) in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education, to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN.

The transformed system will:
  • ensure that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and can achieve their full potential
  • improve the planning and delivery of support for learners from 0 to 25 with ALN, placing learners’ needs, views, wishes and feelings at the heart of the process
  • focus on the importance of identifying needs early and putting in place timely and effective interventions which are monitored and adapted to ensure they deliver the desired outcomes.
New legislation and statutory guidance is only one aspect, albeit a fundamental one, of the wider package of reforms needed. The ALN Transformation Programme also focuses on skills development for the education workforce, to deliver effective support to learners with ALN in the classroom, as well as easier access to specialist support, information and advice.

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill and the ALN Transformation Programme, please contact us at:

Additional Learning Needs Branch
Support for Learners Division
The Education Directorate
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Email: SENReforms@wales.gsi.gov.uk