Information for Parents – Additional Learning Needs

As a Rights Respecting School Pennard Primary School is a safe and happy place where everyone is valued and where differences are celebrated. We not only teach about children’s rights but also model rights and respect in all relationships. 

It is the aim of Pennard Pirmary School to provide the opportunity for all children to develop to their full potential.

Our objectives are to ensure that:

  • All children have access to the National Curriculum.

  • All children have access to the Literacy and Numeracy Framework

  • Appropriate additional provision is made for each child in the light of the ALN (Additional Learning Needs) budget for the school.

  • The staff are consistent in their approach to children with ALN.

  • There is uniformity and continuity in providing the support from all members of staff.

  • There is close cooperation between home and school.

  • That identification of pupils with ALN takes place as early as possible and that appropriate action is taken.

Pupils who meet our criteria for having ALN will be supported by class teachers, teaching assistants other adults and their learning environment. As a school we identify support for Pupils under the following areas:

School Action (SA) – Support for Pupils identified as School Action lies within our School. This may be in the form of school based interventions or differentiated tasks in class. There would be no involvement or support from any external agencies

School Action Plus (SA+) – Those who are identified as School Action Plus will have the additional support and/or advice of external agencies such as Speech and Language, Behavioural Support or Educational Psychologist.

Statement – Pupils with statements are provided with provision to meet their needs by the Local Authority, who take responsibility for this Statement. The school will fully engage with the statement process.

ALN Transformation in Wales

In Wales, we want to transform expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs (ALN).

To do so, the Welsh Assembly have developed the additional learning needs (ALN) transformation programme, which transforms the separate systems for special educational needs (SEN) in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education, to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN.

The transformed system will:

• ensure that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and
achieve their full potential
• improve the planning and delivery of support for learners from 0 to 25 with ALN,
placing learners’ needs, views, wishes and feelings at the heart of the process
• focus on the importance of identifying needs early and putting in place timely and
effective interventions which are monitored and adapted to ensure they deliver the
desired outcomes.
New legislation and statutory guidance is only one aspect, albeit a fundamental one,
of the wider package of reforms needed. The ALN transformation programme also
focuses on skills development for the education workforce, to deliver effective support
to learners with ALN in the classroom, as well as easier access to specialist support,
information and advice.


ALN Transformation for Wales