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Ysgol Babanod Trallwng Infants School

Learning and Growing Together


A Parent's Guide to Additional Learning Needs

Do you understand what the teacher is asking?

Not happy with the support you're getting at school?

ALN Transformation Project Communication Strategy RCT

Additional Learning Needs in Wales - what's happening?

ALN at Trallwng Infants


At Trallwng Infants School all staff strive to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. The National Curriculum is our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of pupils. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to pupil’s diverse learning needs. Some pupils have barriers to learning that mean they have special needs that are additional to and different from their peers and require particular action by the school.

How do we define ALN?


1. A person has additional learning needs 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. 


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

(a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or 

(b) has a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (c. 15) 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 or mainstream institutions in the further education sector. 


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 subsection (2) when of compulsory school age. 


4. A person does not have a learning difficulty or disability solely because 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. 


ALN Reform Bill


There are changes being made to the way that Special Educational Needs (now referred to as ‘Additional Learning Needs’) will be carried out in schools from 2023. In readiness for this, some schools are already making changes, e.g. in the way that meetings with parents and pupils are held. We at Ynysddu Primary School are implementing the new recommendations in line with county guidance. You will be informed of the changes and how they affect your child by your child’s class teacher and/or your schools, Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo): Mrs. Roche.

The Welsh Assembly Government have decided to delay the implementation of the new ALN Reform Bill as follows:

To read more about these changes for yourself, please visit the websites below or download the document attached to this section, where the main aims of the Reform Bill are simply outlined. Once the Reform Bill draft is finalised, a revised link will be posted for you.


If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Mrs. Roche.





Please find below a link that will explain the changes that are happening in Wales with the implementation of the new Additional Learning Needs Reform Bill during the next academic year.  Mrs. Roche is happy to answer any queries you may have in relation to these changes and what they may mean for your child.