Additional Learning Needs
Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol
Lakeside Primary School is an inclusive school where all staff are committed to the success of every pupil.
All children are valued, respected and welcomed to our school, whatever their additional educational needs may be. We support children’s learning and aim to ensure they are fully included in all school activities.
Lakeside’s Special Educational Needs Policy gives information to parents, teachers and Governors about the way individual pupils can be helped.
The school has regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. The key test for action is evidence that a child’s current rate of progress is inadequate as stated in the Code. Early identification is important as it means the child’s difficulties can be addressed as soon as possible, thereby enabling him/her to access the curriculum successfully.
A graduated approach of action and intervention is followed, starting with “Early Years Action,” where a child with Special Educational Needs is identified and interventions are devised which are additional to or different from those provided in the usual curriculum. An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is written.
“Early Years Action Plus” is characterised by the involvement of external support services that provide advice or support. A new IEP will be compiled.
If a child in Year 1 to Year 6 is not making adequate progress he/she will be the recipient of “School Action,” i.e. strategies and support provided by the school’s personnel and described in an IEP written specifically for that child.
If a child’s needs require external support, he/she will be included in the “School Action Plus” section of the school’s special needs register. The Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator will liaise with the external support, e.g. Educational Psychologist/ Specialist teachers, and assist the class teacher in implementing any advice given.
Children, where possible, are also encouraged to participate in making decisions about their education e.g. setting and reviewing learning targets and contributing to IEPs.
In a very small number of cases, the child’s needs remain so substantial that the school will request a statutory assessment from the Local Authority and a Statement of their educational needs may be issued. The Statement sets out what will be provided by the local authority and the school to meet the particular child’s needs. This Statement is reviewed annually.
For further information or advice, please speak to your child’s class teacher or contact our Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo):
Mrs B Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From September 2021, the current Special Educational Needs framework will be replaced with a new and reformed system called Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act. All schools in Wales will be required to make changes to their current systems. We are currently working in collaboration with Cardiff County Council to ensure a smooth transition to the new ALNET Act.
You will be invited to attend a parent information meeting to discuss the changes. If you would like further information about the changes that are happening, please click on the links provided.
Frequently asked questions: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-11/additionallearning-needs-transformation-programme-frequently-asked-questions.pdf
Easy read format: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/consultations/2018-01/151019-easy-readexplanation-en.pdf
A number of factsheets are available:
Factsheet 1: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-local-authorities.pdf
Factsheet 2: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-maintained-schools-including-maintained-nurseries.pdf
Factsheet 3: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-further-education-institutions-feis.pdf
Factsheet 5: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-children-young-people-and-parents-carers.pdf
Factsheet 6: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-social-services.pdf
Factsheet 7: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2018-06/aln-factsheet-how-will-theact-affect-health-services.pdf
English as an Additional Language
Saesneg fel iaith Ychwanegol
At Lakeside Primary School we aim to ensure that we meet all the needs of the children who are learning English as an additional language. We currently have 36 percent of pupils who have English as an additional language. There are 33 different languages spoken altogether. We value and welcome the cultural, linguistic and educational experiences that pupils with EAL bring to the school. Our aim is to help pupils become confident and fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the English language in order to fulfill their academic potential.
When a new pupil arrives in the school, they are settled into their new class and carefully guided through their first days as sometimes this can be quite daunting. The EAL advisors are on hand to guide and support both the pupil and the class teacher. Pupils follow the school curriculum and resources are provided by the school depending on the pupil’s ages and level of learning. Where appropriate, support is provided in the classroom by an EAL teacher/advisor to enable pupils to complete the tasks given, with understanding. Where necessary, 1:1 support may be provided to address a specific language or learning focus. In addition, opportunities are provided for pupils to engage in speaking and listening activities with peers and adults. Our EAL advisor will oversee the initial assessment of a pupil, give guidance, set targets and plan appropriate work. This is monitored and assessed on a regular basis.
If you are able to help with translation into another language, please do let the school office know.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require further information regarding our provision for pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Our EAL Co-ordinator is Mrs B Williams.
More Able & Talented
Mwy Abl a Thalentog
In Wales the term ‘More Able & Talented encompasses approximately 20% of the total school population, and is used to describe pupils who require enriched and extended opportunities across the curriculum in order to develop their abilities in one or more areas.
‘Meeting the Challenge’ 2008
The identification of More Able and Talented learners is linked to their context regardless of how the abilities of these learners compare to those in other schools.
The term ‘more able and talented’ includes learners who are more able across subjects within the curriculum as well as those who show talent in one or more specific areas, which could include practical, creative and social fields of human activity.
At Lakeside Primary, Mrs Beth Williams is our Leader for More Able & Talented.