SEN/ALN Reform Process in Wales: Useful Documents

I’ve tried to assemble all of the documentation relevant to the SEN/ALN reforms in Wales in a kind  of one-stop place with the latest documents at the top. I’ve spread them over a few pages to avoid having a single long page to scroll down for an eternity. It does, however, mean that if you want to start at the beginning of the reform process you’ll have to jump to the last page now. Sorry! Please let me know if I’ve missed anything.

On 23 June 2015, in an address to the National Assembly for Wales, Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, set out his reasons for not introducing a substantive ALN Bill during the current Assembly.

Also on 23 June 2015, the Minister announced that the Welsh Government was going to take forward the recommendations made by Professor Furlong in his report on Initial Teacher Training.

Huw Lewis, Minster for Education and Skills, made a written statement on 18 June 2015 in which he confirmed that a draft ALN and Education Tribunal Bill would be published in July before the summer Assembly recess followed by a draft Code of Practice (CoP) in the Autumn. However, he also announced that contrary to what was thought the draft Bill and (CoP) would not be formally scrutinised until after the Assembly elections in May 2016. Further information was provided on 19 June 2015  in a post of the National Assembly’s Research Service blog In Brief: the post was entitled Minister to Explain Delay in ALN Bill to Members.

A very useful review of the SEN reform process was issued by the National Assembly’s Research Service on 4 June 2015 on its In Brief blog. Entitled Special Educational Needs (SEN)/Additional Learning Needs (ALN) in Wales it is a research paper which will presumably be a key reference document for AMs when they come to scrutinise the draft ALN Bill and the new code of practice. It can be accessed via the In Brief blog here.

The 26 March 2015 saw the Welsh Government publish a report by the People and Work Unit entitled  An assessment of special educational needs (SEN) workforce. Commissioned in November 2013 by Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, the WG state that it:

…establishes the current skills base of the education workforce in relation to support for children and young people with SEN and identifies priority development needs.

Well worth a read, but note that the response rate in the survey was relatively low especially from teachers and support staff in mainstream schools.

On 17 December 2014, Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, issued a short statement of information on the use of Person-Centred Planning and the development of standards and resources in the context of the SEN reform process:

The Minister for Education and Skills has been invited to consider options to promote the use of person-centred practices to support children and young people with Additional Learning Needs across the education sector in Wales.

I told you it was short!!

An update to the White Paper summary of responses document was presented to the Welsh Government Cabinet on 8 December 2015.

A written statement by Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills, entitled Legislative Proposals for Additional Learning Needs White Paper – Summary of Responses went on-line on 14 October 2014. In it the Minister explains how some of the points raised in the consultation responses will be dealt with.

Links to the White Paper itself (referred to as the Consultation document), related documents and the consultation responses are listed below. The consultation period ran from 22 May – 25 July 2014 and resulted in 215 responses.


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