(Image: ALN Pathfinder launch event)
At the end of June, 30 delegates from 12 colleges in Wales attended the CollegesWales ‘Towards Inclusive Further Education – Developing Skills and Provision in Wales’ event in the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells.
The focus of this event was to showcase a number of resources that have been developed to support FEI staff as we move towards the implementation of the ALN Act.
Chris Denham discussed the launch of the ALN Pathfinder Project, which launched 11 July 2019. The ALN Pathfinder is a new online resource for young people who have additional learning needs, and their families. It provides an essential source of information for those who are considering college as an option. Using a number of animations, it describes how college differs from school, what can be expected during transition and how colleges support young people with additional learning needs. It also includes a number of interviews with learners and their parents who talk about their experience.
Wendy Thomas from the WLGA spoke about the ASDInfoWales Project, which aims to provide support and information for those who work with young people who have autism in further education. The presentation included the perspectives of young autistic people describing their own experience.
Karen Williams, Coleg Cambria, then discussed the new ALN and FE Online Training Tool currently trialling in Coleg Cambria. It is an interactive tool that enables lecturers to incorporate inclusive practice into their classrooms and recognise neurodiversity.
The event was funded through the Welsh Government ALN Transformation Fund and delivered through the CollegesWales ALN Transformation Project.