Views wanted on draft ALN / SEN vision
26 June 2020
Parents, learners, governors, headteachers and the wider public are being urged to have their say on a draft vision which could strengthen special educational needs (SEN) / additional learning needs (ALN) provision in Powys.
Powys County Council has been developing the new vision which will guide the transformation of provision for learners with SEN / ALN. Improving this provision is one of the strategic aims in the council's Strategy for Transforming Education in Powys 2020-2030, which was approved in April.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Education and Property, said:
"Over the last eight months, we have had significant engagement with parents, learners, school leaders, teachers and others to help inform the re-shaping and transformation of the educational provision for children and young people in Powys.
"During our engagement sessions, a number of issues were raised about our current ALN / SEN provision. This included:
- pupils had different quality and type of provision depending on where they lived,
- some had to travel long distances to reach provision that meets their needs
- access to provision through the medium of Welsh is inconsistent.
"Our ambition is for our schools to be fully inclusive, educating pupils with a wide range of special educational needs / additional learning needs. For our learners with more complex needs, we want to develop on the strengths of our special schools, and have a network that will allow learners to have access to a range of specialist provision and support as close to home as is possible.
"Not only do we want the views from our key education partners on our SEN / ALN vision, we also want the views of parents, child and young people as well the wider public.
"By working together, we can then give the best possible start to learners with special educational needs / additional learning needs."
The discussion document can be viewed at https://haveyoursay.powys.gov.uk/ along with a link to a survey. Paper copies of the document and survey are available from the council by telephoning 01597 826277.
To respond to the consultation, people can:
- Respond to the questionnaire online at https://haveyoursay.powys.gov.uk/
- Send a written response via email or post to email@example.com / School Transformation Team, Schools Service, County Hall, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG
The consultation will close on Wednesday, July 22.