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Over the next few years the way that children with special educational needs (SEN) will be supported in school will change. A new act:

'Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018' has been put in place and changes to the processes and procedures for SEN are changing. The term SEN is changing to Additional learning Needs (ALN)

Reasons for change

•The previous Special Educational Needs (SEN)  system is no longer fit for purpose.

•Makes parents feel that they have to fight for the  support that their child needs.

•Is not sufficiently child centred.

•Is inefficient and expensive.

Is a barrier to early intervention.

What is ALN and additional learning provision?  

Children and young people with ALN need extra support to learn. This would be because they:  

  •  find it harder to learn than other children of the same age   

  •  have a disability that means they cannot use, or find it difficult to use, facilities for learning in the local nursery, school or college


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