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Moving to the new ALN system

There will be a phased approach to these changes over 3 years from September 2021.

Special Education Needs support will continue to run until 2024, when Additional Learning Needs support is fully adopted.

Local authorities and school settings will work with children, young people, parents and carers to ensure everyone understands the changes.

Families will have access to impartial information, advice and support. This will be a legal requirement of the change.

Children and young people identified as having special educational needs, or who have learning difficulties or disabilities, might have;

  • An Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • A statement; or
  • A learning and skills plan

Many of these children and young people will continue to have their needs met through high quality and routine classroom practice.

There will be a few children and young people who have a learning difficulty or disability that calls for additional learning provisions (ALP). This is provision that is additional to or different from that made generally available for others of the same age.

These children and young people will have an Individual Development Plan (IDP).


You can visit the Cardiff Education Services website​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window for more information on moving to the new system.

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