Policy Forum for Wales

Additional Learning Needs in Wales: priorities for shaping, implementing and monitoring the ALN Code

December 2018

This conference brought together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the development and implementation of the ALN Code - focusing on governance, funding and regulation.

It took place in the context of the Welsh Government’s public consultation into the ALN Code which will set out procedure and best practice for disagreement resolution, increased collaboration and remits of responsibility.

The seminar also occurred as the Welsh Government released the first in a series of guides to implementing the new ALN system, with the first publication focusing on timeframes of implementation and the introduction of Individual Development Plans. Discussion also took place as debate began on the general principles of an independent member’s Bill on autism, which will expand on the Welsh Government’s autism strategy.

Delegates discussed the implications of key measures from the Welsh Government’s Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act that sets out the legislative framework for ALN service delivery in Wales, including the ALN Transformation Programme which creates a unified system of ALN provision.

Those attending also considered the potential challenges for implementing the Code, including the timetable for training and delivery, overcoming the barriers to effective service delivery and providing the necessary funding and governance to drive change - as well as its likely impact on the inspection of ALN provision.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates