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Consultation events on support for learners with Additional Learning Needs

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Education Minister Huw Lewis has encouraged people across Wales to have their say on a new system for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs.
Wednesday 04 November 2015

The Welsh Government is hosting two consultation events at the end of November in Llandudno and Cardiff on the proposals contained in the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

The proposals in the draft Bill include:

  • The introduction of the term Additional Learning Needs, replacing the terms special educational needs and learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Simpler and more streamlined legislative processes to support children and young people aged between 0-25 years who have ALN.
  • The introduction of an Individual Development Plan which will make sure individuals’ rights to provision are protected regardless of the severity or complexity of needs.
  • Ensuring children, young people and their parents are placed at the heart of all decision making.
  • A new statutory ALN Code – for use across all educational settings for the entire 0-25 age range – providing a set of clear, legally enforceable rules and delivering greater consistency.  

In order to produce the ALN Code a development group has been established and met for the first time on 3rd November.

The Minister said:

“Over recent months we have embarked upon a radical programme of education reform aimed at raising standards across the board. Improving how we support some of our most vulnerable learners is a fundamental aspect of this reform package.  

“We want an inclusive education system – which delivers equal access to the highest standards of education so that each and every learner in Wales is supported to reach their full potential, regardless of their personal circumstances.

“The ALN Bill has two key principles at its core - simplicity and integration. I would encourage everyone who has an interest in how we support our most vulnerable leaners to take part in this consultation and ensure they have their say."

Registration for the events is now open. Further details can be found below:

24 November 2015 9:00-13:00 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno  

30 November 2015 9:00-13:00 – City Hall Cardiff



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