Additional Learning Needs Transformation

The way in which children with additional learning needs are supported is being transformed.

The existing SEN model was designed 30 years ago and a new, more modern, effective programme is taking its place.

Around 23 per cent of all learners at maintained schools in Wales have SEN. Overall the academic attainment of learners with SEN is poor compared to the rest of the learner population.

Under the new system, planning will be flexible and responsive, our professionals will be skilled and confident in identifying needs and deploying strategies to help learners overcome their barriers to learning, and the learner will be at the centre of everything we do.

The additional learning needs (ALN) transformation programme 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 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.

For more information, visit the Welsh Government’s Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme web pages.

Last Modified: 09/04/2019
For more information contact:

Inclusion Service

Tel: 01495 766929 or 01495 766968

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