Ceredigion Learning Services’ Special Educational Needs Team in Partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board hosted a conference on 12 February to consult and raise awareness of the new draft Code for additional learning needs (ALN). The conference attendees included local councillors, school governors and professionals from a variety of settings.

The conference – held in Theatr Felinfach - considered the ways that the ALN statutory framework is going to be changing. A new Code will replace the current legislation on special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. 

The new system aims to improve partnership and the sharing of information between agencies, to ensure early identification and to develop relevant support to benefit the child or young person.

Councillor Catrin Miles, with responsibilities for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “The introduction of the new draft Code is an important period for the additional learning needs. Continuing to improve services is a priority and introducing this new code demonstrates that we are understanding and listening to people’s needs. I hope that many people benefit from this new code in action.”

The Welsh Government are holding a consultation in order to gather the views of stakeholders about the proposed changes to the legislation.

They are discussing the contents of the;

  • Draft ALN code,
  • Draft regulations relating to the Education Tribunal for Wales and ALN coordinators
  • Revisions to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 Part 6 Code of Practice – Looked After and Accommodated Children.

If you would like to share your comments on this consultation, please send them to the Welsh Assembly Government by 22 March 2019.

For further information visit https://beta.gov.wales/draft-additional-learning-needs-code or contact Delor Harvey, ALN Pupil & Family Support Co-ordinator on 01545570881 or by e-mail at pps@ceredigion.gov.uk.