Wales to pass new law for children and young people with additional learning needs

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Press release
12 December 2017 by swhite
"NEU Cymru broadly welcomes the new legislation which will affect thousands of pupils, students and parents across Wales as well as the work of education professionals in all school and further education settings."

"Our members want every child and young person to have the opportunity to fulfil their expectations. With the right funding and training for education practitioners and joined up working across health and education settings, this new law could help improve outcomes for learners with additional learning needs. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government to help make this happen,” says Mary van den Heuvel, Policy Adviser, National Education Union Cymru.

“Today is a significant day in Wales for learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) – the Assembly will be passing the Additional Learning Needs and Tribunal (Wales) Bill into law. 23% of learners in Wales have ALN, and this new law expects more of them to be supported in a mainstream classroom.

“Over the next few years, we expect Statements of Special Need to be replaced by Individual Development Plans, in a phased way. Responsibility for IDPs will be statutory at a school, college and local authority level, not only at a local authority level as statements are now.  The Code of practice is yet to be written, and this will be critical to ensuring that children and young people get the support they need at the right time. And that schools and colleges have support from local authorities and the health sector to help children and young people in their settings."

"The Bill replaces the terms Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficultly and Disability, with Additional Learning Needs.”

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