ColegauCymru is pleased to launch a valuable new website, designed to help young people with additional Learning Needs (ALN) to make a successful transition from school to further education.
The ALN Pathfinder is a collaborative resource, project funded by Welsh Government via the regional ALN Transformation Grant Programme. Together in partnership all 13 further education colleges across Wales, the resource supports ALN learners and their families to make informed choices as they plan their next steps.
The Minister for Education, Jeremy Miles said,
“It’s important young people, their families and staff have access to clear information as our new ALN legislation is implemented from September. I’m pleased the ALN Pathfinder will help young people make informed choices about further education, supporting them to plan their next steps to a successful future.”
ColegauCymru ALN Transformation for Further Education Lead Chris Denham added,
“We’re delighted to launch a comprehensive resource which will support young people, parents and carers, and professionals alike. We’re grateful to our partners to be able to provide a tool that will make a real difference to young people with ALN as they transition from one learning setting to the next.”
Benefits for young people
The ALN Pathfinder helps young people to informally learn about college life, the support available to them and how colleges plan specifically for their needs.
Benefits for parents and carers
Parents and carers will be reassured to see real life examples of learners and their families talking about their own experiences of moving from school to further education.
Benefits for professionals
An invaluable tool for college staff and other professionals, the ALN Pathfinder will also soon provide support, guidance and resources in preparing to implement the ALNET (Wales) Act.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added,
“This is a hugely useful and much needed resource to support ALN learners and their families as they consider their options and transition into further education. ALN Pathfinder will also be a beneficial tool for professionals working in an ALN setting as they continue to prepare to meet their duties in the implementation of the ALNET (Wales) Act.”