The Draft Bill setting out the Welsh Governments proposals for a new legislative system for supporting children and young people, aged 0-25, who have additional learning needs is still open for consultation. We would urge anyone interested in good outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs to respond to these documents and SNAP Cymru will be holding consultation meetings with families, children and young people over the coming weeks.
The proposed new system would replace the existing legislation surrounding special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in post-16 education and training. Following the publication of the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill on 6 July , the Minister for Education and Skills has today issued a related Ministerial Statement, which is available on the Welsh Government’s website:
The Minister said in his statement:
“The draft Bill proposes a statutory Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code to be used across the 0-25 age range, across agencies and across educational settings. It is intended that the new Code would impose mandatory requirements in some circumstances as well set out practical guidance on how we expect the statutory duties to be performed.
I want those responding to the consultation on the draft Bill to have access to information that may be useful to them in forming a view about its provisions and practical impact. Therefore, I am pleased that I am able to announce today that an initial working draft of a proposed ALN Code has now been published.
In addition to the draft Code, I have also published today an outline of the possible time-scales for implementation of the system outlined in the draft Bill.”
The documents published by the Minister are working drafts provided for illustrative purposes only, with the intention of supporting the consultation on the draft Bill.
The Minister would like these drafts to form the basis for continued engagement between Welsh Government officials and local authorities, professionals and others to further develop the Code and further consider the plans for implementation. It is anticipated that a more developed version of the draft Code would be published at the same time as a Bill is introduced into the National Assembly.
The Draft Bill, Draft Code and draft implementation plan are now available on the Welsh Government’s website
We would urge anyone interested in the continuation of in depend information and advice families and good outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs to respond to these documents.