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Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Additional Learning Needs
Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol

We are an inclusive school.

Rydym yn ysgol gynhwysol.

Whitchurch Primary School is an inclusive school where all staff are committed to the success of every pupil.


All children are valued, respected and welcomed to our school, whatever their needs may be. We support children’s learning and aim to ensure they are fully included in all school activities.

If you have any questions, please contact our ALENCo, Mrs. Sarah Davies.




The ALNET (Wales) Act


 The Welsh Government has passed new legislation called the Additional Learning Needs (Wales) Act, and Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code, which will replace all of the legislation and guidance in relation to special educational needs.


As part of the Additional Learning Needs Educational Tribunal (ALNET) (Wales) Act 2018, the Welsh Government has replaced the term 'special educational needs' (SEN) with 'additional learning needs' (ALN).


However, the definition of ALN is different and you may find that your child currently has SEN but will not have ALN.  This should not affect the support and help they receive in school to access home learning.


ALN will cover those who:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream maintained school or Further Education Institute.



The changes will rollout over three years from September 2021 until September 2024.

  • We use Person Centred Practice (PCP) in review meetings.
  • We use Individual Development Plans (IDPs).
  • One Page Profiles share what we like and admire about pupils and what is going well, and describe ways we can support their ALN with additional learning provision (ALP).
  • Staff have had regional and LA training opportunities.
  • We believe in early identification of barriers to learning and interventions.
  • We plan for transitions.
  • We collaborate with others to enable pupils with ALN to thrive.
  • We promote inclusive, accessible learning environmetns to meet the diverse needs of our pupils.
  • We use a wide range of interventions and strategies to support pupils to reach their potential.
  • We support the emotional wellbeing of pupils with THRIVE, Lego sessions and ELSA.
  • We work alongside LA specialist teams, the Educational Psychology Service, Outreach and Health professionals.








Please click the links below for further details of the new ALN Code.

'Thrive' at Whitchurch Primary School

Introduction to Thrive

Watch the video below to see how Thrive helps support the emotional health of children and young people.