Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and the Welsh Language has today announced, that despite significant progress being made in preparation for the implementation of the new ALN system, it has become clear that the impact of the pandemic cannot be ignored.
The message consistently being shared is of the need for further space and time to manage and plan for aspects of this important programme of reform alongside the new set of expectations for education settings from September in relation to Covid.
The Ministers announcement means that children newly identified as having additional learning needs (ALN) will still move to the new ALN system from 1 September 2021.
However, for those children who attend a maintained school (including a PRU) and who have already identified SEN via school action or school action plus, the new system will apply from 1 January 2022, instead of 1 September 2021.
The delay is to provide EY’s ,schools and FE’s the period between September and January to reflect on guidance, make preparations , and to engage those with already identified SEN in School Action or School Action Plus with their transition to the new arrangements.
To support the implementation, the WG will publish technical and practitioner versions of the implementation guide, which will help people to navigate the processes and requirements for transition to the new system.
These materials will be published early in the Autumn Term together with an additional guide for parents and families.