Event Summary

The Additional Learning Needs Code for Wales created a new system for supporting learners with ALN. Under the new system, learners with ALN are entitled to an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to meet their needs.

Chaired by Caroline Rawson, CEO of Snap Cymru, this timely online conference from Policy Insight Wales will bring together, schools, colleges, local authorities, parents and the health sector to focus on the actions needed to improve the implementation of the ALN system.

With the Education Secretary’s recent commitment to additional funding and resources, we will assess what this will mean for your provision and focus on implementation progress so far. We will outline your statutory duties under ALNET and the accompanying ALN Code. The National Autistic Society will share best practice for developing and maintaining IDPs. We will discuss the recommendations for schools and local authorities in Estyn’s recent Additional Learning Needs Progress Report.

Effective multi-partnership working is crucial in the new system, and we will share best practice for information sharing and collaboration to foster positive outcomes for young people.

What does an effective rights-based approach look like in practice? How can you effectively involve pupils and parents in the planning and provision of support? You will hear examples of good practice, and you will also receive an update on the process for handling complaintsappeals and tribunals, including the right to have a decision reconsidered by the local authority.

With speech, language and communication the leading type of ALN need, we will hear a best practice case study on implementing the ‘Talk with Me’ delivery plan to ensure early intervention for communication delays.

We will hear from local authorities, primary, secondary, early years and post-16 provision settings about the successes and challenges of implementing the ALN Reforms. Hear solutions to support learners through transitions and embed effective Welsh-medium provision in your setting.

Join us online for this timely event to put your questions to experts and leading voices from across the education sector, network with colleagues and share common challenges and practical solutions.

Brochure can be provided in Welsh. Cysylltwch am y llyfryn Cymraeg – email events@poilcyinsight.wales

Key Points

  • Next steps for ALN reforms and funding across Wales
  • New requirements for schools, further education institutions, local authorities, and local health boards
  • Utilising multi-agency working to improve outcomes for ALN learners
  • Safeguarding young people through best practice information sharing
  • A spotlight on dispute resolution
  • Engaging young people and parents in the development and review process of IDPs
  • Embedding effective ALN provision from early years through to further education
  • Improving support for speech and language needs
  • Best practice of Welsh-medium ALN provision