Proposed Bill for children with additional educational needs
Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill will place the learner at the heart of the process and make the system far more equitable, simpler and less adversarial for those involved. It aims to:
- create a single legislative system to support children and young people aged 0 to 25 who have additional learning needs, instead of the two separate systems currently operating;
- replace the terms special educational needs and learning difficulties and/or disabilities with the new term – additional learning needs;
- do away with the system of statementing and create a single statutory plan – the individual development plan – to replace the existing range of statutory and non-statutory plans for learners, ensuring equity of rights regardless of the learner’s level of need or the education setting they attend;
- ensure the views of learners and parents are considered throughout the planning process so that all parties view it as something that is done with them rather than to them, and that the child or young person is at the centre of everything; and
encourage better collaboration between agencies, so that needs are identified early and the right support is put in place.
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