Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for Additional Learning Needs provisions in Wales

Morning, Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DN


This seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of Additional Learning Needs (ALN) provision in Wales.

It is timed as the Welsh Government undertakes its Additional Learning Needs Transformation programme, which aims to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN, and is underpinned by the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill introduced to the National Assembly for Wales in December 2016.

Delegates will discuss the implementation of the transformation programme which places an increased focus on early identification, changes all references to SEN to ALN, sees the creation of an individualised plan for each young person with ALN, and simplifies the dispute resolution system.

Guests of Honour

Tania Nicholson

Head of ALN Legislative Programme, Welsh Government

Charlie Thomas

Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government

Guests of Honour

Charlie Thomas

Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government

Tania Nicholson

Head of ALN Legislative Programme, Welsh Government

Keynote Speakers

Huw Davies HMI


Dr Stephen Beyer

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Medical Education/National Centre for Mental Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University


Jenny Rathbone AM

Member, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee and Governor, Ysgol Pen y Groes

Vikki Howells AM

Member, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People


Nichola Jones

Head of Inclusion, Pembrokeshire County Council

Professor Phil Reed

Professor of Psychology, Swansea University

Mary van den Heuvel

Policy Officer, ATL Cymru

Michael Charles

Senior Director and Chief Executive Officer, Education Law, Higher Education Law and Special Educational Needs, Sinclairslaw

Dr Rhonwen Parry

Head of Psychology and Therapies, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Ceri Bater

Special Educational Needs Manager, Monmouthshire County Council

Senior speaker confirmed from Pontarddulais Comprehensive School

Catherine Lewis

Development Officer (Disabled Children), Children in Wales

Debbie Thomas

Policy and Campaigns Officer for Wales, National Deaf Children’s Society