Special educational needs: code of practice
The Additional Learning Needs Code
Governors Cymru Services also has information on the role of the SEN/ALN link governor.
The Local Authority also has a specific responsibility to provide support to schools, regarding the making of provision for children with ALN, as well as planning, monitoring and reviewing the provision for these children. It would be reasonable, therefore, to expect dialogue with the Local Authority on the best way forward for individual pupils who are causing serious concern. This would usually involve the relevant staff member e.g. ALNCo and possibly the Headteacher, plus in some cases, any other relevant multi-agency organisations.
The actual involvement of governors in this case may well be further down the line, should there not have been adequate support provided.
Ultimately, there is a duty of care to staff members and if following risk assessments and discussion with the relevant agencies, there is insufficient support provided for individual pupils, for example, this could be one to one support, the safety of staff and other pupils is paramount.
No reference is mentioned in this situation of pupil exclusion, but where there are serious and high-risk situations, exclusion could be a consideration, albeit the last resort.
The links below provide additional information:
Safe and effective intervention: guidance for schools and local authorities
Behaviour management in the classroom: guidance for secondary schools
Behaviour management in the classroom: guidance for primary schools
Please note that the roll out of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act commenced in September 2021. For pupils being assessed for the first time from September 2021, schools must follow the process set out in the ALN Code of Practice. There is a three-year period of transition (until summer 2024) during which time existing statements of SEN, individual education plans, and learning and skills plans will be converted into individual development plans (IDPs). This will be done in a mandatory phased approach on the basis of particular age-based cohorts. During this time, the ALN system will operate in parallel to the SEN system. Further information can be found below:
Additional learning needs transformation programme
01443 844532 / 029 2075 3685
Sam MacNamara – 07943 887275 / Jane Morris – 07957 969708