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ALN Transformation

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The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill was passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 12 December 2017 and became an Act on 24 January 2018 after receiving Royal Assent.


This will create the legislative framework to improve the planning and delivery of additional learning provision, through:

  • a person-centred approach to identifying needs early,
  • putting in place effective support and monitoring, and
  • adapting interventions to ensure they deliver desired outcomes.


The Act will be supported by:

  • regulations - secondary legislation where further detail is required
  • an ALN Code - statutory guidance and mandatory requirements to help people and organisations work within the law.

We are also taking this opportunity to assess all of its Additional Learning Needs provision to ensure a parity of provision across the county which is fair and equitable.

To find out more see the Welsh Government video below:


What's Changing?

We want to transform expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN).

To do so, we have developed the additional learning needs (ALN) transformation programme. 

The programme transforms the separate systems for:

  • special educational needs (SEN) in schools and
  • learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education

The programme will create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN.


The transformed system will:

  • ensure that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and  achieve their full potential
  • improve the planning and delivery of support for learners from 0 to 25 with ALN, placing learners' needs, views, wishes and feelings at the heart of the process
  • focus on the importance of identifying needs early and putting in place timely and effective interventions which are monitored and adapted to ensure they deliver the desired outcomes.

New legislation and statutory guidance is only one aspect, albeit a fundamental one, of the wider package of reforms needed. The ALN transformation programme also focuses on skills development for the education workforce, to deliver effective support to learners with ALN in the classroom, as well as easier access to:

  • specialist support,
  • information,
  • advice.

Excerpt from 'Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Transformation Programme v2' document as issued by the Welsh Assembly Government. 

The full document can be found here.


Further information is available in the following Welsh Government factsheets: 

Factsheet for parents on ALN reform

Welsh Government FAQ [466KB]

Factsheet for social services

Factsheet for health services

Factsheet for local authorities

Factsheet for maintained schools and nurseries

Factsheet for further education institutions

Factsheet for non-maintained early years education providers  


For information on the Powys County Council ALN Transformation Programme please contact:


Or for information on current educational provision for children and young people with additional learning needs please contact:


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