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Wales government plans new system for children with additional needs in education

Friday 17th February 2017

There's just one week remaining to share your views on proposed changes to the way children with additional needs in Wales are supported throughout their education.

The consultation concerns the general principles of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill, which would replace statements of special educational needs with an "Individual Development Plan". If passed, it could become law by 2019.

The aim of the bill is to simplify the SEN system and to enable parents, children and young people to be more closely involved in decisions about the help they need in education. 

The key aspects of the proposed law change are:

  • The term Additional Learning Needs (ALN) will replace the terms "special educational needs (SEN)" and "learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD)".
  • A single system for 0-25 year olds with ALN instead of the two current systems for children of school age ; and young people in further education
  • The introduction of Individual Development Plans to replace a variety of statutory and non-statutory SEN or LDD plans.
  • Increasing the participation of children and young people in the planning of their educational support.
  • A greater focus on high aspirations and measurable outcomes that will help children and young people achieve their full potential.
  • A new  Code of Practice that will ensure the new system is clear and consistently applied, including rights of appeal.

Find out more about the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (ALNET) Bill on the Welsh government's website.

Until the law changes, the current system of support for children with SEN will remain in force.

Remember you call also call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 9:30am - 5pm Mon-Fri for advice on SEN in Wales.

Share your views on the ALNET Bill

The Children, Young People and Education Committee is carrying out a consultation on the general principles of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

Click to contribute to the consultation.

Responses should be submitted by Friday 24 February 2017.

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