The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has passed Stage 3 after a debate in the Senedd on Tuesday 21st November.
Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary, led the debate with
amendments tabled from Darren Millar AM and Llyr Gruffydd AM.
Amendments included placing "due regard" to the United Nations
Conventions on the Rights of a Child and Disabled
Zoe Richards, Young Person and Carers Manager at Learning
Disability Wales said: "Although the amendment for due regard was
passed on Tuesday we would like further work to ensure that the
UNCRC and the UNCRDP sit on the face of the Bill and underpin the
"Kirsty Williams talked about the problems, paperwork and red
tape it would cause practitioners. However, we know that the voice
of disabled people and disabled children is often the least heard
and that someone must take responsibility for checking and
monitoring that these children are able to access the rights they
are 'born' with and not the rights that someone hands them."
More information about the proceedings can be viewed at the BBC Wales website. Full
details about the ALN Bill can be found at the National Assembly
The Bill makes provision for a new statutory framework for
supporting children and young people with additional learning
needs. This is to replace existing legislation surrounding special
educational needs and the assessment of children and young people
with learning difficulties and / or disabilities in post-16
education and training.
The Bill also continues the existence of the Special Educational
Needs Tribunal for Wales and provides for children, their parents
and young people to appeal to it against decisions made in relation
to their or their child's additional learning needs, but renames it
the Education Tribunal for Wales.
Guide to the legislative process of the ALN Bill
Once a bill is introduced into the Assembly it undergoes
scrutiny. This is generally a 4 stage process
- Stage 1 - consideration and agreement of the general principles
of the bill
- Stage 2 - detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by
- Stage 3 - detailed consideration of the bill and any changes by
- Report stage - an optional stage to make changes (if
- Stage 4 - a vote by the Assembly to pass the final text of the
There is now one possible stage to make smaller changes to the
ALN Bill. Once stage 4 is passed the Code of Practice will begin