Additional Learning Needs

In line with proposed changes to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice (Wales), the term ‘Additional Learning Needs (ALN)’ and ‘Additional Learning Provision’ will replace Special Educational Needs and Special Educational Provision.

The definition of ALN will include all of those currently regarded as having SEN (i.e. children and young people supported through School/Early Years Action, School/Early Years Action Plus and with statements of SEN).

In addition, the term will also be used for young people up to the age of 25 who are currently said to have Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD)

ALN provision will not change significantly from the current definition of ‘special educational provision’ – it will apply to provision which ‘is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children or young persons of the same age other than in special schools’.

At Maesteg School we recognise that it is the teacher’s responsibility to meet the needs of all children in their class through their classroom organisation, teaching materials, teaching style and differentiation. However, if the pupil does not make adequate progress, then the pupil may be identified as having additional learning needs. 

Guiding Principle

Our guiding principle at Maesteg School is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and break down possible barriers to learning. I firmly believe that we should never miss opportunities to support any child who needs our help to enable them to achieve their potential.

Objectives in making provision for pupils with ALN

  • We value all the pupils in our school equally.

  • To ensure that all pupils have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities

  • The aims of education for pupils with difficulties and disabilities are the same as those for all pupils.

  • It is the responsibility of all teachers to identify and meet the ALN of pupils. In this they can draw on the resources of the whole school.

  • Every child is entitled to have his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.

  • To offer high quality support to ensure that all needs are met.

  • To maximise the opportunities for students with special educational needs to join in with all the activities of the school

  • All pupils are entitled to experience success.

  • Consideration of ALN crosses all curriculum areas and all aspects of teaching and learning.

  • Any pupils may encounter difficulties in school at some stage.

  • All provision is more effective if pupils and parents are fully involved.

  • To seek the views of the child and take them into account.

  • To acknowledge and draw on parent knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.