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Wales passes Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill

On 13 December 2017, the National Assembly for Wales passed the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill.

Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, said:

The Bill replaces the terms ‘special educational needs’ and ‘learning difficulties/disabilities’ with the new term ‘additional learning needs’. It aims to increase the participation of children and young people, ensure that learners’ needs are at the centre of the process, and introduce clear and consistent rights of appeal where disagreements cannot be resolved at a local level, amongst others.

“Today is an historic day for education in Wales. Nearly a quarter of learners in Wales will experience some form of additional learning need during their early years or education and this Bill places them at the very heart of our system. It focuses on identifying their needs as early as possible and working with them and their families to plan the right support.”

To read more about the Bill, please visit the Welsh Government website here.