Following the publication of the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill on 6 July, the Minister for Education and Skills has today issued a related Ministerial Statement, which is available on the Welsh Government’s website:
The Minister said in his statement:
The draft Bill proposes a statutory Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Code to be used across the 0-25 age range, across agencies and across educational settings. It is intended that the new Code would impose mandatory requirements in some circumstances as well set out practical guidance on how we expect the statutory duties to be performed.
I want those responding to the consultation on the draft Bill to have access to information that may be useful to them in forming a view about its provisions and practical impact. Therefore, I am pleased that I am able to announce today that an initial working draft of a proposed ALN Code has now been published.
In addition to the draft Code, I have also published today an outline of the possible timescales for implementation of the system outlined in the draft Bill.
The documents published by the Minister are working drafts provided for illustrative purposes only, with the intention of supporting the consultation on the draft Bill.
The Minister would like these drafts to form the basis for continued engagement between Welsh Government officials and local authorities, professionals and others to further develop the Code and further consider the plans for implementation. It is anticipated that a more developed version of the draft Code would be published at the same time as a Bill is introduced into the National Assembly.
The draft Code and draft implementation plan are now available on the Welsh Government’s website:
PDF Version of Draft ALN Code and outline implementation plan