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ALN (Additional Learning Needs)

The Additional Learning Needs Code | GOV.WALES

The additional learning needs (ALN) system is the new system for supporting children and young people aged 0 to 25 in Wales with ALN. The ALN system is replacing the special educational learning needs (SEN) system and the system for supporting young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD). 

The ALN legislative framework is created by the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 (the ALN Act), the Additional Learning Needs Code for Wales 2021 (the ALN Code) and regulations made under the Act. Through this statutory framework the Welsh Government aims to ensure all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and can achieve their full potential.  

The ALN system started on 1 January 2022, for children up to and including Year 10 who were newly identified as having ALN.  Children with SEN are moving from the SEN system to the ALN system over 3 school years.  


An animation explaining the new system for parents and young people can be accessed through this link - 

There is also up to date information for parents and children available below, as well as previously been shared on class dojos.  


Gilwern Primary School will fully inform parents/carers of the changes relating to their child. Individual Development Plans and pupils learning reviews will continue to be held regularly throughout the school year with a person centered approach, meaning it is really important to us that children and parents have a say in developing their learning.   

During 2021 – 2022 all pupils had opportunities to read, discuss and pledge their support to become an Autism Superhero, as well as staff participating in specific Autism Friendly Training. Comic books have been uploaded to Class Dojo, for pupils to share at home with their families, but you can also access them below. 

Gilwern primary school successfully completed the Learning with Autism school programme in June 2022.  We will continue to develop pupils understanding of values and celebrate our differences.   

Any questions or concerns relating to ALN or pupil reviews, please contact the school 

Thanks for your continued support. 

ALN useful documents

ALN Policy

ALN Transformation

Factsheet 2

Factsheet 5

PCP (Person Centered Planning)

Autism Superhero Comic Book Foundation Phase

Autism Superhero Comic Book Key Stage 2

A guide for parents and families

Parent and children - Easy read guide

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