09:00 - 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Karen McFarlane

ALN Lead, Children in Wales; and Chair, Third Sector Additional Learning Needs Alliance

09:10 – 09:45

Keynote Address: Outlining Priorities for Implementing ALN Reforms

  • Next steps for reform rollout: reflecting on what has worked well so far during the implementation phase
  • Priorities moving forward: aligning ALN reforms with national education ambitions
  • Thoughts on available funding and support for schools during implementation
Live Q&A
09:30 - 09:45

Hannah Wharf

Deputy Director for Support for Learners Division, Welsh Government

09:45 – 10:30

Panel Discussion: Creating Consistency for ALN Learners Across the System – from Early Years to Post-16 Provision

  • The role of collaboration and effective multi-agency working in ensuring a smooth transition
  • Providing consistent advice, approaches and options across the education system
  • Effective mapping and pupil screening to ensure consistency
Live Q&A
10:15 - 10:30

Teleri Llwyd-Jones

Headteacher, Ysgol Borthyn

Margaret Davies

Margaret Davies

Headteacher, St Christopher’s School

Simon Pirotte OBE

Principal and CEO, Bridgend College

10:30 – 10:40


10:40 – 11:15

Joint Discussion: Adopting a Rights-Based Approach to ALN Support

  • Outlining your legal responsibilities: delivering a rights-based approach and adhering to reforms
  • Effectively involving pupils and parents in the planning and provision of support
  • Supporting parents to understand reforms and their rights
  • Putting pupils at the heart of your approach: harnessing the ethos of the Curriculum for Wales
Live Q&A
11:00 - 11:15

Sian Lewis

Head of Parent Participation, Parentkind

Hannah Jones

Managing Director, Rachael's Playhouse

11:15 – 11:45

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections on our virtual platform

11:45 – 12:20

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for ALN Learners

  • Ensuring school environments are inclusive and support learning
  • Creating spaces that meet the needs of all pupils
  • Assessing options from sensory rooms to hydrotherapy
Live Q&A
12:05 - 12:20

Sarah Sutton

Headteacher, Ysgol Eirias

Samantha Garner

Mental Health and Inclusion Consultant

Amanda Atkinson

Occupational Therapist, Swansea Bay University Health Board

Ann Milligan

Speech and Language Therapist, Swansea Bay University Health Board

12:20 – 12:40

Spotlight Session: Improving the Provision of Welsh Medium ALN Support

  • What does effective Welsh medium provision look like?
  • Developing and utilising effective Welsh medium resources
  • Learning from Estyn’s recent findings: improving Welsh medium ALN provision
Live Q&A
12:30 - 12:40

Nanna Ryder

Senior Lecturer in Education, Centre for Professional Learning and Leadership, University of Wales Trinity St David

Emma Griffiths

Assistant Manager for ALN Provision and Advisory Teacher for Speech Language and Communication, Education and Children’s Services, Carmarthenshire Council

12:40 – 13:40



13:40 – 14:20

Case Studies: Developing and Delivering Effective Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

  • Managing new requirements: tips on making workloads manageable
  • Planning for the individual needs of learners
  • Best practice in assessing, maintaining and reviewing IDPs
  • The role of effective multi-agency working in developing effective IDPs
Live Q&A
14:00 - 14:20

Katie Jeffery

Katie Jeffery, ALNCo, St Helen’s Primary School

Gareth Edwards

Head of ALN, Inclusion & Wellbeing, Torfaen Council

Stephen Vickers

Chief Executive, Torfaen Council

14:20 – 14:55

Ask the Experts: Effectively Supporting Staff to Deliver ALN Reforms

  • Ensuring setting-wide understanding of reforms: impact, roles and responsibilities
  • Creating a strong culture of learning and evaluation
  • Promoting consistency across your setting
  • Collaborating effectively with key partners to deliver outcomes for pupils
Live Q&A
14:40 – 14:55

Dr Carmel Conn

Associate Professor in Inclusive Pedagogy, University of South Wales

Liz McKinney

Designated Education Clinical Lead Officer (DECLO) , Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

14:55 – 15:00

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Karen McFarlane

ALN Lead, Children in Wales; and Chair, Third Sector Additional Learning Needs Alliance