£20m investment to help those with additional learning needs

People in Wales with additional learning needs are set to benefit from a £20 million investment.

The Welsh Government wants to ‘improve results and aspirations of those who need extra support in the education system.’

With almost a quarter of learners in Wales have some form of special educational need, Wrexham Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the announcement. She said: “Transforming the ALN system is a priority for the Welsh Government. As well as providing substantial funding, the Welsh Government is changing the law, investing in the education workforce and working with a wide range of service providers.”

“The current system is outdated and the new measures will benefit a significant proportion of students in Wrexham and Wales, helping them overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.”

In December, the Welsh Government unveiled proposals for a law to create a bold new approach to supporting learners with additional learning needs. If passed, the Additional Learning Needs & Educational Tribunal Bill will completely overhaul the system for supporting pupils with ALN, affecting every classroom in Wales.

The £20m investment will support ALN learners in a range of ways over the next 5 years, including helping the education sector transfer to the new system set out in the Bill, encouraging organisations to work closely together, developing the workforce and raising awareness of ALN.

Last year, only 23% of learners with additional learning needs achieved 5 good GCSE’s including Maths and Welsh or English, compared to 59% of all pupils.