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Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Definition of ALN


A child has additional learning needs if he/she is more able and talented (see MA&T policy) or he/she has a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.


A child has a learning difficulty if he/she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
  • Has a disability which either prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority
  • Has a range of underlying factors such as, cognitive, physical or sensory difficulty, emotional and behavioural difficulty or difficulty with speech and language or social interaction


Such children may need additional or different support from that given to other children of the same age.



At Pontyclun Primary School we aim to:

  • Follow the Code of Practice
  • Follow guidelines laid down by RCT 
  • Ensure that early identification of a pupil’s needs is made
  • Ensure that all pupils reach their full potential
  • Ensure that parents are fully involved from the onset
  • Work in partnership with parents, pupils and other agencies e.g. Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapists, Educational Social Worker (ESW), School Nurse, etc
  • That appropriate programmes of work are implemented
  • That the greatest possible access to a broad, balanced and relevant education is provided
  • Secure the necessary provision for any pupil who has additional learning needs
  • Pupils who meet our criteria for having ALN at initial concern/School Action/School Action Plus, will receive support from class teachers/teaching assistants