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Please watch this animation to learn more about the upcoming changes to ALN in Wales

ALN at Cila Primary School


ALN stands for Additional Learning Needs, the term replaces SEN formally known as Special Educational Needs. At Cila Primary School we recognise that all pupils come to school at different stages of development and with different needs. Whilst many factors contribute to the range of difficulties experienced by some children, we believe that much can be done to overcome them by parents, teachers and pupils working together.

Cila Primary school values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils. All children will Achieve (targets tailored to them as individuals), Build (pupils will progress through steps and build upon prior skills/knowledge) and we will Celebrate (no achievement is a small achievement)


Pupils who meet our criteria for having ALN  will be supported in a variety of ways and when appropriate. They may be supported by class teachers, teaching assistants other adults and their learning environment. We are currently developing a Universal provision to support all pupils in class and auditing resources for learners for targeted and more specific support. 


Pupils can be identified for support under the following headings:


  • School Action (SA) - Support for Pupils identified as School Action lies within our School. This may  be in the form of school based interventions or differentiated tasks in class. There would be no involvement or support from any external agencies. Pupils would be able to access universal provision in class with elements of targeted provision when appropriate. The targeted provision could be in the form of a small group working with a TA to specific tasks to achieve a target. 
  • School Action Plus (SA+) - Those who are identified as School Action Plus will have the additional support and/or advice of external agencies such as Speech and Language, Behavioural Support  or Educational Psychologist. 
  • Statement - Pupils with statements are provided with provision to meet their needs by the Local Authority, who take responsibility for this Statement. The school will fully engage with the statement process. (Statements will soon be replaced by IDP's - Individual Development Plan. The IDP will be person centred with the pupil at the heart of the targets.) 


The ALN transformation aims to: 

  • 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


The ALN aims of the school 

  • To ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum 
  • To provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the individual’s needs and ability 
  • To ensure that early identification of a pupil’s needs is made 
  • To ensure that ALN pupils take as full a part as possible in all school activities 
  • To ensure that parents of ALN pupils are fully involved from the beginning and are kept regularly informed of their child’s progress 
  • To ensure that ALN pupils are involved, where practical, in decisions affecting their future ALN provision
  • Work in partnership with parents, pupils and other agencies e.g. Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, School Nurse etc.


Additional Learning Needs in Wales - what's happening?

The following video from the Welsh Government gives some further explanation about the upcoming changes to ALN across Wales.

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