Reflections on a productive year in the further education sector: Additional Learning Needs


August 2021 – July 2022 

This year, the FE sector has come together to adapt, collaborate, and innovate as a result of the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic while maintaining as much of the usual offer to learners, staff, communities, and businesses as possible. Here we outline some of the great work that ColegauCymru has delivered and supported this year for additional learning needs. 

ColegauCymru has helped the FE sector in Wales to prepare for ALN implementation in a variety of ways, as well as providing support for the training of hundreds of FE staff in a wide range of skills. This includes person-centred practice, writing outcomes, preparing Individual Development Plans (IDP) and understanding legal aspects of the Additional Learning Needs Act and Code. 

Earlier in the year, ColegauCymru welcomed the statement by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS, in relation to the plans for implementing the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Act 2018 (the ALN Act) for young people who are post-16. The ‘flow-through’ approach will ensure all learners who are being moved to the ALN system by a school or local authority during the implementation period will have an IDP in place.  

We are also pleased that Welsh Government has continued to fund the Additional Learning Needs Further Education (ALNFE) Lead, Chris Denham, who supports FEIs in Wales to continue preparing for the new system, until March 2023.

Further Information

Chris Denham, ALN Transformation Lead for Further Education

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