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Additional Learning Needs

As a parent or carer, you might be concerned your child has Additional Learning Needs (ALN). A child or young person has ALN if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream maintained school or Further Education Institution

You can find information and guidance for children and young people who need extra support to learn below.


Additional Learning Needs guidance booklet for parents and carers

We worked with other local authorities in the Central South region to produce an ALN information, advice and guidance booklet for parents and carers:


ALN guidance booklet for parents and carers 


How Additional Learning Needs is changing

Read information on the new ALN system and how this will change the way that schools will work with you to identify and support the needs of children and young people.

Getting support with ALN

Find out what to do if you think a child or young person needs extra support to learn. Information on who to talk to and how to get support.​

Additional Learning Needs contacts

Details of the key people involved with ALN support and who to contact for help.

Planning and reviews

Information on Person Centred Practice, One Page Profiles and Individual Development Plans (IDP)

Disagreement and resolution 

What to do if you are not happy about a decision made during the ALN process.

Helpful resources

Information on supporting agencies and charities that can help with additional learning needs.


Early Years

How ALN is changing for children who are too young attend school.


Contacting the ALN team

For ALN enquiries, please contact: 

  • 01446 709180
  • By post

    ALN Complex Needs Team

    Vale of Glamorgan Council

    Civic Office

    Holton Road


    CF63 4RU




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The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs 

The Index is for families who have children age 0-18 years, who have a disability or additional need and live in the Vale of Glamorgan.


It’s a way of us keeping families informed about what’s available locally and nationally.

You’ll receive a newsletter every three months, packed full with information about events, activities, playschemes and services, as well as regular ebulletins.


Sign up is free and completely voluntary and you don’t need to have a diagnosed disability.

There is more information on our web pages, as well as a quick video and an online registration form.


The Index for Children and Young People with Disabilities or Additional Needs