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What if my child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN)?


Our school caters for needs of all pupils by supporting children with additional learning needs within the curriculum.  If a child does not make the expected progress we follow a number of prescribed stages; the first which is strong and effective communication with the parent or carer.  If parents or carers are in agreement then the child is placed on the ALN register which allows for bespoke targets to be formulated, written and reviewed termly with both the parent and the child.  Our Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNco) works closely with the staff, the LA and other external support agencies to enable the school to provide the best possible care for all pupils at the school.  Parents/Carers are kept fully informed throughout every step of the process and are always welcome to make an appointment if they have any concerns or questions.  The school follows the Welsh Government Code of Practice and a copy of the ALN policy is linked below.


What if my child is disabled?


The Special Education Needs and Disability Act makes it illegal for schools to discriminate against disabled pupils and prospective pupils in the provision of education and in respect of admissions and exclusions.  At Fochriw Primary School we welcome disabled pupils and believe we have a duty of care to all our pupils regardless of their disability.  The Disability Discrimination act (DDA) places a duty of care on schools to eliminate unlawful discrimination against disabled people and also to promote the equality actively.  It is important that, if your child has a Special Educational Need, the Headteacher is notified at an early a stage as possible (no later than the beginning of the September preceding the child's date for starting school), so that appropriate arrangements can be discussed.  All such cases will be considered sympathetically, on an individual basis.


Looked After Children


We are committed to promoting the inclusion, wellbeing and achievement of all our learners, including Looked After Children (LAC).  The school's designated Child Protection Officers are Mrs S. Pascoe Headteacher and Miss R. Johns Acting Deputy Headteacher.