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Additional Learning Needs 2022

At Garth Primary School we are working to support the creation of a fully inclusive education system where all learners are given the opportunity to succeed and reach for the stars. Children have access to an education that meets their needs and enables them to participate in, benefit from, and enjoy their learning.


From September 2021, the current Special Education Needs Framework will be changing with a new and reformed system called the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal of Wales ACT. All schools in Wales are required to make changes to their current systems and we are currently working as a cluster to ensure the smooth transition.




Our Universal School Provision will meet the needs of most of our learner by accessing the following interventions as part of our universal provision which is designed to support our learners when they need some extra help, catch up or maintain the progress they have been making with their learning.

The universal provision includes:

  • whole class teaching
  • effective differentiation
  • collaborative group work
  • individual and small group intervention
  • appropriate and reasonable adjustments to enable access to the school environment, curriculum and facilities.


Most children at Garth will make expected progress from different starting points. To identify those children who have an additional need will need to collect data and evidence over time.

  • Screening and assessments
  • Observations
  • Assessments of day to day learning
  • Monitoring progress over time
  • Assessments and observations taken from other agencies.


Those children who don't make progress over time will be considered has having additional needs. In the ALN Code this is characterised as progress which:

  • is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline
  • fail to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress
  • fails to close, or widens the attainment gap between the child and their peers despite the provision of support aimed at closing that gap


When children do not make the expected progress with Universal Provision and following thorough investigation and evidence gathering a child may be identified as having ALN.


Additional Learning Needs in Wales is described as:


1. A child has ALN if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability (whether the learning difficulty or disability arises from a medical condition or otherwise) which calls for additional learning provision beyond the Universal Provision provided for all learners.


2. A child of compulsory school age that has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she 

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or 
  • has a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities for education or training of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream- maintained schools


3. A child under compulsory school age has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she is, or would be if no additional learning provision were made, likely to be within sub section (2) when of compulsory school age


4. A person does not have a learning difficulty or disability solely because of the language (or form of language) in which he or she is or will be taught is different from a language (or form of language) which is or has been used at home.




If you think your child is experiencing problems please contact Miss C. Griffiths ALNCO