The Welsh ALN Act explained
From September 2020, new provision for special educational needs will come into force in Wales. We explain the new ALN Act.
In Wales, nearly a quarter of learners have some form of (SEN), and their educational outcomes are poor compared to other students – in part because the current SEN system in the country is over 30 years old and out of date.
The Welsh Government has now published its ALN Act 2018, which will replace the existing SEN system from September 2020.
What is the ALN Act?
The Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act sets out the new statutory support system in Wales for children and young people with special needs.
This means ALN will cover a whole spectrum of needs, from so-called ‘high functioning’ , through , and , to serious global learning delays/difficulties and major physical disabilities.
The ALN Act aims to help children and young people with ALN overcome barriers to learning and reach their full potential.
Under the new system, school (special educational needs coordinators) will be renamed or replaced by ALNCos.