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Additional Learning Needs (ALN)

Sageston CP School prides itself on being a fully inclusive school providing education for learners, regardless of their individual needs as pupils and learners. 

Our team of class teachers' first-hand knowledge and experience of specific children means they are in the best position to support pupils with the learning tools and strategies they need to succeed.  However, should parents feel that further advice and support is needed or they require information relating to specialist services available, then they should contact Mr Davies, who is the school's ALNCo (Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator) 

As part of our inclusive school, we offer a variety of support mechanisms within the school and with external agencies: 

  • Access to Dyslexia Screening tools and support 

  • Referral on to school provision such as ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) 

  • Behaviour Support  

  • Support from the Pembrokeshire County Council Inclusion Service 

  • TAF (Team Around the Family) 

  • Parent Partnership 

The link below will take you to the ALN Code of Practice.


At Sageston CP School we are proud of the support that we offer for our learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN). We feel that all learners within the school are supported well, and that we have positive working relationships with learners and their families, as well as outside agencies that work with your child. We feel that the support, guidance and interventions are tailored to meet the needs and abilities of each individual child, and that this support is monitored and adapted in a pupil-centred way.

ALN legislation in Wales is changing, and this is known as the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Reform. All staff at Sageston CP School are working hard in preparation for these changes, and we are looking forward to the additional support that this will bring for all our learners with Additional Learning Needs (ALN).

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The Law is changing for several reasons the main one being to make the process simpler and more transparent for all involved.

The new legislation for ALN will bring about several main changes for ALN. It:

  • Brings together all current systems into a new, single system for ALN.
  • Is pupil-centred, where pupils and their parents are completely involved in decision-making.
  • Provides learners with the same type of statutory plan (Individual Development Plan or IDP), irrespective of age or setting.
  • Improves transition between settings.
  • Allows further Welsh language provision.
  • Is a fair and transparent system for all.

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Support information is available for parents and learners on this page. Below you will find links to further information about how the changes will affect learners and their families, however if you require any further information about the changes, then we welcome you to contact us.

Support for ALN

RWI Fresh Start

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a catch-up and intervention programme, with proven results, for 9-13 year olds still learning to read.

Developed by Ruth Miskin, it teaches pupils to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, to spell correctly, and compose their ideas for writing step-by-step. Resources are age-appropriate, matched to pupils increasing knowledge of phonics and finely levelled to accelerate progress.

These 1–1 sessions will take place several times per week with a trained adult.

LSA Small Group Catch-up

Where it is felt necessary children will be offered small group support with a trained LSA to take part in catch-up intervention programmes. These sessions are designed to fill learning gaps and to promote self-esteem in subjects where the child may be struggling.

Often these sessions will run alongside or instead of whole class literacy and mathematical sessions.


ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft.

ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'ELSA room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured. Our school ELSA is Mrs Macken.

LSA 1-1 Support

Where a child is struggling with their speech and language, 1-1 LSA support will be put in place. The purpose of allocating this support is for the child to focus on their individual learning targets, provided by the NHS Speech and Language Services. Often a child will receive between 3-4 sessions per week, to focus on their development targets. The children will then be assessed by the inclusion team on a termly basis to monitor progress.

Reading Dogs

When available the school has visits from a Pet Therapy Dog, supported by the charity, Burns By Your Side. Research suggests that pets can encourage a child's learning needs, especially in reading, communication, observation and speaking. This is a useful tool when teaching all children but can be particularly helpful for those with ALN. These sessions often last 15 minutes and children get the opportunity to stroke, read or talk with the animal. A trained volunteer is always present during the session.