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Additional Learning Needs

Markham Primary’s ‘Additional Learning Needs’ policy provides information to all stakeholders about the way in which individual pupils are supported. 

Belief in an inclusive and equitable system where the needs all of can be met to ensure successful, independent and resilient children and young people

The approach to supporting children and young people who have difficulties with learning is changing. The Welsh Government has passed new legislation, called the Additional Learning Needs (Wales) Act (the Act), which is supported by the Additional Learning Needs Code (Code). The Act and Code will replace the current legislation and guidance about special educational needs. The Welsh Government is bringing in a more flexible and responsive system of meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and are striving to deliver a fully inclusive education system for the learners of Wales. 

The new system will ensure:

  • needs are identified early, addressed quickly and all learners are supported to reach their potential

  • that professionals are skilled and confident in identifying needs and deploying strategies to help learners overcome their barriers to learning. 

  • that the learner is at the centre of everything we do and that they and their parents and carers are equal partners in their learning (Person Centred Approach)

All children and young people with an identified ALN that requires an Additional Learning Provision (ALP) within the meaning of the Act, will have an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The IDP will replace all other individual plans. IDPs for children under compulsory school age, who require them, the early years, will be maintained by local authorities.

Most IDPs will be maintained by the school, but where it is considered unreasonable for the school to do so, the Local Authority may maintain them.

The Act expects that all partners such as Education, Health and Social Care will work in collaboration to support children and young people with ALN.

There will be more opportunity for children, young people, parents and carers to contribute to the creation and maintenance of IDPs through Person-Centred Planning.

Our Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo) is Mrs Pitt.

SNAP Cymru also offer free independent advice and support to parents visit: or call their helpline on: 0808 801 0608

Please click below to access the ALN policy

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