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Ysgol Emmanuel

Learn, Grow, Achieve - Dysgu, Tyfu, Cyflawni

Additional Learning Needs

We are very proud to have the ASD Cymru Award and to be a Trauma Informed School!









Additional Learning needs (ALN) Transformation


The Welsh government aims to transform the expectations, experiences and outcomes for children and young people with additional learning needs.

To do so, they have developed the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Act, which will transform the separate systems for Special Educational Needs (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.



ALN in Wales - What's Changing?


The reforms system will:

  • Ensure that all learners with ALN are supported to overcome barriers to learning and can 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


We want to make sure that:

  • Children, their parents/carers and young peoples views, wishes and feelings are listened to when decisions are being made about how to help children and young people
  • The right support is put in place quickly to help children and young people with ALN
  • Everyone works together to help children and young people with ALN, including education and health services



Additional Learning Needs


The Inclusion Manager, in collaboration with the Headteacher and Governing Body, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the ALN Transformation and provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of children with ALN.


Provision is made for individual children with ALN, working closely with staff, parents/carers and other agencies. The inclusion manager is also designated as having responsibility for promoting the educational achievement of Looked After Children (LAC).

Child Protection Officers in the school are the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, the ALNCo and the Leaders of Learning.


As a School we aim to help children to:-

  • Create an environment that meets the additional learning needs of each child
  • Ensure that the additional learning needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for
  • Make clear the expectations of all partners in the process
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for children's additional learning needs
  • Enable all children to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum


At Ysgol Emmanuel there are a range of different interventions and strategies we use to help pupils with additional learning needs. A few examples are listed below:


Play Therapy                                                           Loose Play

ELSA                                                                         IDL

Draw & Talk                                                             Toe by Toe

Dinosaur School                                                      PAT

Seasons for Growth                                                 Fun Friends                      

Forest School                                                           Time to Talk

Friends Resilience                                                    Tilly the Therapy Dog

Block Therapy                                                          Tyfu Group




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