Young girl sat in classroom with her teacher

Welsh Government committing funding to improve additional learning facilities

The Welsh Government has announced that funding has been named available for local authorities to improve or create facilities that can cater to the needs of learners with Additional Learning Needs.

Being distributed through local authorities, the £20 million worth of investment will act upon the Additional Learning Needs Act, whilst also supporting the delivery of the Curriculum for Wales. This will ensure that all learners are taught in spaces that are equipped with the technologies and facilities that they need.

Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said:

“This investment will make a real difference to learners with additional needs across Wales, making sure they have the facilities they need to support their learning.

“I want to ensure we support and inspire all learners to reach their full potential, which is why implementing our Additional Learning Needs Act is central to our wider programme of educational reform.

“Estyn recently reported on the steady progress towards implementing ALN reform, ad strong support from the sector. It’s important that investment in education settings underpins that progress.”

Mainstream schools, specials schools and pupil referral units can all benefit from the funding, with examples of how the money can be spent being the creation of quiet or sensory areas, upgrading or purchasing new equipment such as specialist sensory aids, and for improving the inclusivity of learning environments.

Whitmore High School, Barry, is an example of a school that has recently completed a new specialist Autism Resource Base thanks to funding from the Welsh Government and their Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme. They can now offer a quieter, low-arousal environment, quiet sensory rooms, kitchen facilities for cooking sessions, outdoor space, and their own wellbeing dog to provide support to students.

Head of School, Innes Robinson, said:

“Our Autism Base gives pupils a mainstream school experience within in  specialist setting there empathy is embedded in every decision. We work closely with families and understand we are on an important journey with them. Our provision is a central part of Whitmore High School and we want our students to feel fully included in school life and have the same opportunities as other pupils.”

Accelerating the use of data

PSE Oct/Nov 22

Accelerating the use of data

Our October/November edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from levelling up, the cost of living crisis. Learn about EV infrastructure, or how the change of a Prime Minister can affect public sector aims.


View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Levelling up

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public SectorLevelling up Virtual Event | 17 Nov 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.

Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all