How do we meet the needs of all our learners at Maerdy Community Primary School?
At Maerdy Community Primary School, we put our children at the centre of everything we do. As a school we ensure the needs of all children through high quality teaching and learning provision. Our Universal Provision includes:
whole class high quality teaching
collaborative group work
individual and small group interventions
appropriate and reasonable adjustments to enable access to the school environment, curriculum and facilities.
During their time at Maerdy, most children will make expected progress in their learning from their starting points. If a child is not progressing, we will gather observations, use assessment data and seek to work in collaboration with outside agencies / professionals to identify any additional learning needs. A wide range of evidence will be gathered over time, including:
assessment tools, frameworks and questionnaires
formative assessments of day to day learning
monitoring progress over time
assessments from other agencies e.g., Paediatrician, Neurodevelopmental Team.
A child not moving forward in their learning is characterised by progress which:
is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline,
does not match or better previous rate of progress,
does not close, or widens, the attainment gap between the child and their peers, despite the provision of support aimed at closing that gap.
Identification of Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
When pupils do not make the expected progress with Universal Provision and following thorough investigation and evidence gathering, a child may be identified as having ALN.
What are Additional Learning Needs (ALN)?
A child has additional learning needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability (whether the learning difficulty or disability arises from a medical condition or otherwise) which calls for additional learning provision, beyond the Universal Provision provided for all learners.
2. A child of compulsory school age that has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she
(a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
(b)has a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities for education or training of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream-maintained schools.
3. A child under compulsory school age has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she is, or would be if no additional learning provision were made, likely to be within subsection (2) when of compulsory school age.
4. A person does not have a learning difficulty or disability solely because of the language (or form of language) in which he or she is or will be taught is different from a language (or form of language) which is or has been used at home.
The same considerations apply with regard to children with healthcare needs. It will be necessary to establish whether a child has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for Additional Learning Needs Provision (ALP). There will be many circumstances where an individual with healthcare needs does not have a learning difficulty or learning disability or where this is the case, the learning difficulty or disability does not require ALP.
Additional Learning Needs in Wales - What's happening?
ALNET - Resources for Parents/Carers
ALNET - Resources for Children and Young People
Information on ALN from the RCT Access and Inclusion Service.
Additional Learning Needs - Transformation Programme.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - information for parents
Dyslexia - advice and support for parents
ADHD - advice and support for parents