The Welsh Government have announced today that the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has been passed by the Welsh Assembly. This follows on from PACEY Cymru supporting work on the content of this bill over the past year.
PACEY Cymru gave evidence on the draft Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill to the Welsh Assembly's Children, Young People and Education Committee at the Senedd on the 16th March. This followed PACEY Cymru's consultation response on the Bill.
Welcoming the news, Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, said: “Today is an historic day for education in Wales. Nearly a quarter of learners in Wales will experience some form of additional learning need (ALN) during their early years or education and this Bill places them at the very heart of our system. It focusses on identifying their needs as early as possible and working with them and their families to plan the right support. Once the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent, expected in January 2018, it will pave the way for a radical new approach; driving improvements in standards to ensure all learners are supported to meet their full potential.”
Earlier this year the Welsh Government held a consultation on options for implementing the Bill if it became law. The full report is available on their website.
The consultation responses have since been used to inform Welsh Government's proposed approach to implementing the new system.
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