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Outcome 6 - An increase in the provision of Welsh-medium education for pupils with additional learning needs (ALN) (in accordance with the duties imposed by the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

Where are we now?

As a result of the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Act (Wales) 2018, significant changes are underway in relation to the statutory provision required to meet the needs of all learners with ALN. All services within the local authority will be required to consider whether the child or young person needs ALP (Additional Learning Provision) in Welsh.  

At present, for learners with significant ALN who cannot access mainstream education within primary and secondary schools, specialist provision is provided which include:

Primary LSCs

  • Abbey - EYAC
  • Blaenbaglan - SpLG
  • Cilffriw - SpLG
  • Gnoll - ASD
  • Maesmarchog - ASD
  • Waunceirch - ASD
  • Blaendulais - MLD
  • Blaenhonddan - MLD
  • Croeserw - MLD
  • Trebannws - MLD
  • Tywyn - MLD
  • Tywyn - SLD
  • Tywyn - PMLD
  • Catwg - Sensory
  • Crynallt - SEBD
  • Awel y Mor - SEBD

Secondary LSCs

  • Ysgol Bae Baglan E Band - MLD and SpLG
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan F Band - ASD, HI, SLD, PMLD
  • Dwr y Felin - ASD
  • Cwmtawe - ASD
  • Cwmtawe - SpLD
  • Cefn Saeson - SENC

Special Schools

  • Ysgol Hendrefelin
  • Ysgol Maes y Coed

Currently the data provided from Welsh medium schools is not evidence enough for the requirement for specialist provision in a specific area of ​​need. However, it is difficult to currently predict the level of need for specialist provision in the future. The authority will work to ensure ‘all reasonable steps are taken to deliver ALP in Welsh for children and young people who require support through the medium of Welsh, with scope for increasing the delivery of ALP in Welsh over time’ (The ALN Code for Wales 2021, 3.2.(e).

It is recognised that Welsh-medium schools need further support from the LA to build their capacity to meet the needs of learners with ALN. The authority continues to monitor this situation and continues to engage with the Welsh medium sector on demand and need. The authority provides training, consultations, resources and general support through the medium of Welsh in some areas.

Where do we aim to be within the first 5 years of this Plan and how we propose to get there?

  • Continue to develop a comprehensive professional development training menu and support for teachers within our Welsh medium mainstream schools and for our Early Years and Childcare Sector. This will enhance the Inclusive Learning Provision (ILP) and Additional learning Needs Provision (ALP) offer within our Welsh Medium schools and Early Years settings, as set out in the new ALN Code for Wales 2021.  This training and support offer, including a review of resources and appropriate assessment material, will be reviewed annually and will be informed by any changing need within our WM mainstream schools and Early Years and Childcare Sector. 
  • Undertake a biannual audit of the additional learning needs (ALN) of Welsh medium language learners and review our specialist planned places, in order to inform current and map future emerging need for Welsh medium provision for our most complex children and young people with ALN.  
  • Support and enable the development of a variety of specialist preschool provision to facilitate the early identification of emerging needs for our youngest children, where Welsh is first language or there is a parental preference for Welsh medium provision.
  • Invest in bilingual specialist playgroup and childcare provision to support the early identification of emerging needs for our youngest children, where Welsh is first language or there is a parental preference for Welsh medium provision.   
  • Invest in a bilingual specialist provision and specialist staff within the local authority or with regional partners, to secure the capacity to deliver a Welsh medium specialist provision for children and young people with more complex additional learning needs.  

Where do we expect to be at the end of our ten year Plan?

All pupils with ALN within the local authority will have access to provision at all levels through the medium of Welsh. Collaboration with regional partners will provide a comprehensive range of resources, training opportunities and networking to ensure that Welsh medium provision will be of a high standard and complies with the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal Act (Wales) 2018. Early Years and pre-school WM ALN support, assessments and provision will provide increased confidence in parents when choosing Welsh medium education for their children.