ColegauCymru supports the Minister for Education’s statement with regards to plans for Additional Learning Needs (ALN) in Wales. We welcome yesterday’s announcement that there will be no further delay to the roll out of a new system under the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 from September 2021.
Whilst we acknowledge that the Covid19 crisis has brought with it unprecedented challenges and a need to reprioritise work, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to ensure that the ALN code and associated regulations remain a key priority.
Further education colleges across Wales have long recognised and championed the importance of additional learning needs, the safeguarding of vulnerable learners, and the support needed by families. We believe that today’s announcement will ensure that this vital work continues so that all learners in post-16 education can achieve their potential.
ColegauCymru ALN Transformation Lead Chris Denham, said
“ColegauCymru on behalf of our member colleges is committed to supporting and working with Welsh Government colleagues to implement changes in line with the timelines set. Additional funding and the recruitment of staff will be essential to achieve this.”