Children have additional learning needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for additional provision to be made for them.
A child with ALN would:
- Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Local Authority
For children of three or over, Additional Learning Needs Provision is that which is additional to, or otherwise different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LA, other than special schools in the area.
The principals underpinning our ALN Policy are:
- A child with Additional Learning Needs should have their needs met
- The Additional Learning Needs of children will normally be met in the mainstream school setting
- The child’s views should be sought and taken into accound
- Parents play a vital role in supporting their child’s education
- Children with Additional Learning Needs should have full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum based on the National Skills Curriculum 7 to 14 or the Foundation 3 to 7 Curriculum.
(Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales 2002)
What we do at Y Bont Faen
Most of our support begins in class. The class teacher will plan a differentiated set of activities which cater for the child’s individual needs. Sometimes the child will be supported in small group activities with the class Learning Support Assistant (LSA). The child may also be withdrawn to work on an intervention programme, such as CatchUp Literacy or Numeracy, in the calm atmosphere of the ALN room. Children enjoy and gain a great deal from these sessions and they greatly increase their confidence and willingness to ‘have a go’ in class.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are drawn up to help children to meet short and achievable targets. Both the child and their parents agree on these targets. IEPs are regularly reviewed and new targets set if needed.
Childrens’ progress is regularly monitored and should your child not be making the expected progress we would seek further assistance from one of our outside agencies: Speech and Language Therapist assessment, Educational Psychologist assessment, Autism Outreach and the Behaviour Support Team to name but a few.
Statement of Special Educational Need
This is a document that sets out a child’s particular needs and ensures that a child gets the right support to get those needs met within a mainstream school or in a specialist school more suited to meeting those needs.
Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018
This is the new Act which is currently being phased in and is expected to be fully implemented by August 2023. It ensures that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome their difficulties. It enables a person centred approach which puts the pupil at the centre of planning for their future learning and caters for people with learning difficulties from birth to 25 years of age.
Under this Bill, Statements of Special Educational Need will be phased out. All children identified as having ALN will require an Individual Development Plan.
To this end we are currently at the stage of producing One Page Profiles for all of our children who have ALN. This involves finding out what the child likes and dislikes, what and who is important to them and for them. We are consulting with parents and teachers who make a contribution to this. Although quite time consuming, this is a very positive, sometimes emotional and a worthwhile experience.
Our ALNCo is Eileen Miller. She has undertaken training in many areas of ALN and if you have any queries please contact her through the school website or call the school office to make an appointment.