Policy Forum for Wales

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

Morning, Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


This seminar is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the development and implementation of the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code - focusing on governance, funding and regulation.

It takes 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 comes as the Welsh Government releases the first in a series of guides to implementing the new ALN system, with the recent publication focusing on timeframes of implementation and the introduction of Individual Development Plans. The discussion also takes place as debate begins on the general principles of an independent member’s Bill on autism, which will expand on the Welsh Government’s autism strategy.

Delegates will discuss 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 will also consider 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.

Guest of Honour

Charlie Thomas

Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government

Guest of Honour

Charlie Thomas

Head of ALN Transformation, Welsh Government

Keynote Speaker

Huw Davies

Additional Learning Needs Transformation Lead, South West and Mid Wales


Councillor Glynog Davies

Carmarthenshire County Council

Mark Isherwood AM

Chair, Cross-Party Groups on Disability and Autism


Dr Dave Williams

Divisional Director, Family and Therapy Services, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

James Donaldson

Head of Additional Learning Needs & Wellbeing, Cardiff and Vale College

Adele Rose Morgan


Denise Inger

Chief Executive Director, SNAP Cymru

Richard Tither HMI


Dr Simon Hoffman

Associate Professor, College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University

Senior speaker confirmed from Monmouthshire County Council

Rebecca Williams

Policy Officer, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru

Chris Britten

Headteacher, Ysgol Y Deri, Vale of Glamorgan

Jeremy Evans

Headteacher, Heronsbridge School, Bridgend