Additional Learning Needs at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg
Inclusivity is central to every activity across the school. Our aim is to remove any social or educational obstacle in order to ensure that every pupil can gain access to purposeful learning and to every community activity. This is ensured by responding to the learners individual needs.
Our learners’ needs will often be fully met in mainstream classes under the leadership and guidance of subject teachers. All our learners benefit from the pastoral guidance systems within the school.
Some learners will benefit from extra support from the Learning Support Department or Wellbeing during their time at the school. This support could be for literacy, numeracy, language or social skills; or for the development of wellbeing and emotional support. The school follows the guidelines of the local authority and the SEN code of practice in order to provide a graduated response to learners’ additional needs.
In line with the current SEN Code of Practice for Wales (2002), the school employs a graduated response through interventions at
• School Action (SA)
• School Action Plus (SA+)
• Statement of SEN
The graduated response to meet with needs of individual learners begins once it is identified that there is a possibility that the learner has an Additional Learning Need (ALN).
The learner receives additional provision or support within the school. This may take the form of additional assessment, additional or different curriculum materials or adapted teaching methods. It may sometimes, but not always, lead to additional adult support or intervention
School Action Plus
The school will seek advice or support from external support services in order to address the needs of learners, usually because the learner is not making the progress expected. The school’s provision will be adapted in response to the advice received.
Statements of SEN
The Local Authority, following a Statutory Assessment of the learner’s needs, may issue a Statement of SEN in order to meet the needs of individual learners. The Statement will note which provision the school should offer and what is offered by the Local Authority. Statements are reviewed annually.
Currently, the welsh assembly are developing the transition programme system of the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) that will transform the different systems for Special Educational Needs (SEN) in schools.
For more information please see:
SNAP Cymru also provide information about the Amended Legal Framework for the ALN/SEN:
There is a close working relationship between the Learning Support and the ALN (Additional Learning Needs) Coordinators of the primary schools that feed into Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg.
Prior to the arrival of learners with an ALN at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, a thorough and detailed process of transition will take place. Detailed information will be collected on individual learners to ensure that our learners are able to settle in as quickly as possible after transition.
In usual circumstances, the Learning Support Department will already have:
• Identified learners with additional learning needs;
• Collected information and discussed the learners with staff from Primary schools
For some learners, additional transition arrangements will also be arranged.
Examination Access Arrangements
To ensure that no learners are disadvantaged in assessments and examinations, the JCQ guidelines are followed closely.
Every learner who is identified as having has an ALN at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg will have a ‘Pupil Profile’. This is shared with all staff members within the school so that everyone is aware of the learner’s needs, and the strategies to support them. The Profile includes information on the learner’s:
• Strengths and interests
• Barriers to learning
• Successful teaching strategies
• Additional arrangements for assessments and examinations
A copy of your child’s One Page Profile will be shared with you should you wish to make any additions.
If you are a parent of a child with an ALN and would like further information, or would like to visit us in the department, you are very welcome to contact the Learning Support Department at any time.
Mrs. Catrin Davies
Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (Secondary)
Mrs. Lisa Sarracini
Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (Primary)