Additional Learning Needs

Welcome to the Additional Learning Needs department

Ysgol Dinas Brân are an inclusive school and as such we are committed to removing the barriers to learning and helping all of our pupils succeed.

At Ysgol Dinas Brân we offer a wide range of interventions and support, which any pupil can access when they need it. Our highly skilled team ensures that children receive personalised interventions and pastoral care, whether it be for their social and emotional needs, cognition and learning needs, physical and medical needs or language and communication needs. Support and interventions often take place in our newly developed Support Corridor, which boasts purpose based Intervention rooms, ALN team offices, a sensory room, biophilia nature area, and our Pupil Support Centre.

Our ALN team includes Mr Cheffings (Deputy Head, Child Protection Lead and ALN link), Mrs Brooks (Assistant Headteacher, ALNCo, LAC and EAL lead), Mrs Gwilliam (Pupil Support Centre Manager) as well as a team of 19 Teaching Assistants who offer a range of in class support as well as running interventions such as: ELSA, Draw and Talk, Trauma UK methods and Lego Therapy. (The full range of the interventions and support we offer as our Universal Offer is available on the link below.)

As a team we work together to help all of our pupils succeed:

• We enable young people and their parents to participate in decision-making about their support.

• We regularly collaborate with partners in education, health and social care and professionals to provide support and receive advice.

• We communicate within the school to identify the needs of children and young people quickly.

• We provide high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people both in and out of the classroom.

• We focus on inclusive practices and removing barriers to learning.

• We help our pupils to be prepared for their next steps into adulthood.

• We always put the pupil at the heart of their learning and any plans using Pupil Centered Planning.

Should you have any questions or queries regarding Additional Learning Needs provision at school, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can do this by contacting the school on 01978 860669 or email k.brooks@dinasbran.co.uk


The ALN transformation in Wales in now in place, and we have started to update our systems to reflect these changes.  More information is below:

Under the new Additional Learning Code for Wales (2021) a pupil has Additional Learning Needs (ALN) when they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for Additional Learning Provision (ALP) A child that has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she: a) (a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or   (b) has a disability for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (c. 15) which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities for education or training of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream maintained schools or mainstream institutions in the further education sector.

If it is determined that a pupil does have an ALN then an Individual Development Plan will be put in place.  The pupil is always at the heart of their plan and plans are shared throughout staff and reviewed regularly with the relative professionals involved.

SNAP Cymru provides information, advice and support for parents, children and young people who have, or may have, special educational needs or disabilities - https://www.snapcymru.org/

SNAP Cymru logo
Show Toolbar
  • Show Caption
  • Hide Thumbmails
  • Show Categories
  • Play Slide Show
  • Display in Full Screen
  • Hide Toolbar

Links and Documents:

Young person's mental health toolkit

Welcome to the mental health toolkit for 11 to 25-year-olds. Here you will find six playlists to signpost you to a wide range of online resources to help you through this period and beyond. In each of the playlists, you will find self-help websites, apps, helplines, and more here to support your mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health toolkit