Colleges continue to remove barriers for ALN Learners

ColegauCymru welcomes the launch of the ALN Pathfinder website, aimed to bridge the gap between progression from school into college for learners and their families. Designed to give clear and consistent information on how colleges support learners with additional needs.

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Act 2018 requires colleges in Wales to change the ways in which they meet the needs of young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Colleges welcome the changes that are based on a person-centred approach to provision.

The first resource of its kind in Wales, created through a collaboration between Cardiff and Vale College, Bridgend College, The College Merthyr Tydfil, Coleg y Cymoedd and Welsh Government, as part of a commitment to make progressing to college as easy as possible for young people and their parents.

The website was officially unveiled at the Senedd which welcomed 100 people from Colleges and partners who have an interest in education for all.

Carwyn Jones AM, said: “Improving the education system for young people with additional learning needs was a priority for me while I was in my position as First Minister, and it’s great to see the introduction of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Wales Act sparking projects like this one.

“Removing barriers to education for all is an important passion of mine and so I’m thrilled to see the launch of the ALN Pathfinder resource which helps to do exactly that.

“It’s also a great opportunity to see the success of young learners that have experienced college and to learn about their next steps. The young people of Wales have a great amount of potential.”

Iestyn Davies, CEO of ColegauCymru, said: “The introduction of the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act places emphasis on creating a universal approach to ALN education and development, and so we are aiming to replicate this approach through the ALN pathfinder website.

“Through this site, every young person will gain access to the basic level of information needed to make an informed decision about college. We wanted to communicate this information in an easy to understand format, drawing on the stories of real students, while signposting to the correct page on each local college’s website.

“Progressing to college can be daunting for both the young person and their family, and we hope to do as much as we can to alleviate concerns, and make the journey as easy as possible” Launch images