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Additional Learning Needs

This is a very exciting time as we undertake the national Additional Learning Needs (ALN) transformation. The Welsh Government reviewed systems around ALN and the mandatory phase will roll out over 3 years from September 2021 until September 2024.


The new ALN Code is in place. The ALNET Act is live.


In Gabalfa Primary School we use Person Centred Practice in review meetings. We have developed several Individual Development Plans. One Page Profiles share what we like and admire about pupils and what is going well and describe ways we can support their ALN with additional learning provision (ALP).Staff have had regional and LA training opportunities.


We believe in early identification of barriers to learning and interventions. We plan for transitions. We collaborate with others to enable pupils with ALN to thrive. We promote inclusive, accessible learning environments to meet the diverse needs of our pupils. Many pupils have English as an additional language and we celebrate this.


We use a range of strategies to assess and help pupils such as Wellcomm, Language Links, Rapid Readers, Handwriting Motorway. Our school ELSA supports the emotional wellbeing of pupils with individual sessions, THRIVE, Lego and social stories. Place to Be staff offer play sessions and Place to Talk. We work alongside LA specialist teams, the Educational Psychology Service, Outreach and health.


We look forward to supporting pupils with ALN again this year and encourage you to contact us if you want to discuss how we support your child to achieve their very best.


Our ALNCo is Mrs C Routledge and she works Monday to Thursday each week.  She can be contacted via the school office on 029 2062 4615, or via email


Child/young person and Parent/carer information from Cardiff LA

Policies related to ALN

We are pleased to have received our Dyslexia Bronze Award. We strive to offer dyslexia friendly teaching and learning opportunities

Other useful information

If you are home with a pupil with speech, language and communication needs this parent portal may be useful

It is from Speech Links @speechlink.

It includes tips and advice and resources 

Have a look at