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Additional Learning Needs Provision in

Birchgrove Primary School


Provision for children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) is changing.


How does this affect procedures at Birchgrove Primary School?


Most children’s needs can be met by Universal Provision. This may include completing work set at their level in class by their teacher, using resources available to all children to support their learning or receiving additional support through an intervention to boost their learning in an area of weakness.


Sometimes children may need a more personalised approach. If this is the case the teacher will meet with the parents to come up with a personalised learning plan called My Star Goals. My Star Goals gives a pupil Small Targets that are Achievable, Relevant and Measurable to work on over a 6-week period.


After the 6-weeks it is reviewed by the teacher with the parents and pupil. The pupil may receive another 6-week My Star Goals, or no longer need a plan at all. This process can continue until the pupil’s needs have been addressed.


After two 6-week plans if a child is still struggling to make progress they may need to be investigated to see if they have Additional Learning Needs (ALN). Pupils with ALN will usually have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.


A 35 term-time day (7 term-time week) process will begin. The teacher will work with the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator, other professionals, the parents and the pupil to decide whether the child does have ALN. A Person-Centred Meeting (PCM) will be scheduled for week 4 where evidence will be assessed and a decision will be made whether a learner has ALN.


If ALN are identified an Individual Development Plan (IDP) will be written and the Additional Learning Provision will begin at the end of the 35 days.


If ALN are not identified then the pupil will continue with the 6-week My Star Goals and parents will be directed on how to best support their child at home. A parent may appeal the decision with the local authority who have 4-weeks to respond.


For further information read the information on our website or visit the ALN section of the Welsh Government website  

Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act

The Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Wales (ALNET) Act 2018 is just one aspect of the overarching ALN Transformation Programme in Wales. At the heart of these reforms is a focus on inclusion: putting children and young people at the centre, and ensuring they are supported to reach their full potential.


The overarching aims of the Bill are to create:

  • a unified legislative framework to support children and young people aged 0-25 with ALN in schools and further education,
  • an integrated, collaborative process of assessment, planning and monitoring, which facilitates early, timely and effective interventions,
  • a fair and transparent system for providing information and advice, and for resolving concerns and appeals.


The Welsh Government has set out a timeline for the implementation of the Act


Please find links to Welsh Government documents below:

Further Advice and Support 


If you have any questions about this process or a query regarding individual pupils our Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCo), Mrs Lucy Jones, will be happy to help. Please call on 029 2062 8204 or email directly


You may also like to contact the Local Authority’s ALN Helpline on 029 2087 2731 or email for further information and advice. 


If you would like independent advice SNAP Cymru offers information, advice and support to children and their parents or carers and young people who have/or may have Additional Learning Needs (ALN). The service can help you with 'one off', straightforward advice or more in-depth support from a caseworker at your local team. They will provide clear, reliable and straightforward information about your options and help you confidently share your views and make informed decisions.  


You can contact SNAP Cymru via the helpline on 0808 801 0608 or by completing an enquiry form on 


You can find out more about SNAP Cymru at