Mayals Primary School

Ysgol Gynradd Mayals

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Additional Learning Needs

At Mayals Primary, we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive school, who provide equal opportunities for every young person who walks through our doors.  All children are valued, respected and nurtured, and we endeavour to give everyone the support to ‘be the best they can be’.


We recognise that all pupils come to school at different stages of development and with different needs. Whilst many factors contribute to the range of difficulties experienced by some children, we believe that much can be done to overcome them by parents, teachers and pupils working together.



ALN at Mayals:

Our ALN (Additional Learning Needs) Coordinator is Mrs Katie Bowden.  She works closely with all staff to ensure we meet the needs of all children. 

Pupils who meet our criteria for having ALN will be supported by class teachers, teaching assistants, other adults and their learning environment. As a school we identify support for Pupils under the following areas:


  • School Action (SA) - Support for Pupils identified as School Action lies within our School. This may be in the form of school based interventions or differentiated tasks in class. There would be no involvement or support from any external agencies
  • School Action Plus (SA+) - Those who are identified as School Action Plus will have the additional support and/or advice of external agencies such as Speech and Language, Behavioural Support or Educational Psychologist. 
  • Statement - Pupils with statements are provided with provision to meet their needs by the Local Authority, who take responsibility for this Statement.


School based Intervention programmes:

Within school we have a fully and thorough menu of intervention programmes available to the children.  In discussion with the pupils and class teacher, areas for development are identified and then targeted through these short, frequent, purposeful sessions.

The programmes we currently use include:  Catch Up Numeracy, Catch Up Reading, Catch Up Literacy, Language Link, Sunshine Circles (Nurture), DCD Focus, WellComm, Sumdog and Nessy.


Changes to ALN in Wales:

Over the next few years, there will be huge transformations to the way that ALN is managed in schools. 

At Mayals, we are already training and preparing for the changes that may occur.


Below is video from the Welsh Government that begins to explain some of these changes:

Additional Learning Needs in Wales - what's happening?

Additional Learning Needs in Wales - what's happening?