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Additional learning needs / Special educational needs

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Information to support learners aged 0-25 with additional learning needs (ALN), special educational needs (SEN) and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD).

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act replaces the terms ‘special educational needs’ and ‘learning difficulties and/or disabilities’ with ‘additional learning needs’.

The Act is expected to come into force from September 2020 and the implementation period will last until 2023.  Until then, local authorities must ensure that they continue to comply with the duties placed upon them by the Education Act 1996 and the SEN Code of Practice for Wales.  Where we refer to the new system to be introduced by the Act, we will use the term ‘additional learning needs’ or ‘ALN’.