From SEN to ALN

From Special Educational Needs (SEN) to Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

The way in which children with additional learning needs are supported is being transformed.

The existing SEN model was designed 30 years ago and a new, more modern, effective programme is taking its place.

Under the new system, planning will be flexible and responsive, our professionals will be skilled and confident in identifying needs and deploying strategies to help learners overcome their barriers to learning, and the learner will be at the centre of everything we do.

The ALN transformation programme will transform the separate systems for SEN in schools and learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD) in further education, to create a unified system for supporting learners from 0 to 25 with ALN.

The transformed system will:

  • ensure that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their full potential
  • improve the planning and delivery of support for learners from 0 to 25 with ALN, placing learners’ needs, views, wishes and feelings at the heart of the process
  • focus on the importance of identifying needs early and putting in place timely and effective interventions which are monitored and adapted to ensure they deliver the desired outcomes.

For more information, visit the Welsh Government’s Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme web pages.


Please be aware the timescales have changed, and the start date for implementation is September 1st 2021 and January 2022.