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Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018

Additional learning needs co-ordinating officers
Section 60 - Additional learning needs co-ordinator

138.Section 60 requires governing bodies of maintained schools (which includes maintained nursery schools and pupil referral units) except special schools and governing bodies of FEIs to designate a person (or persons) as the additional learning needs co-ordinator (ALNCO) to be responsible for co-ordinating ALP for pupils and students with ALN. It also allows regulations to confer functions on ALNCOs relating to provision for pupils or students with ALN. The ALNCO of an FEI does not have these functions in relation to enrolled students in so far as they are undertaking higher education provided by the FEI (subsection (5) and section 86). Regulations may also require governing bodies to ensure that ALNCOs have qualifications or experience (or both) as prescribed in the regulations.

Section 61 - Designated education clinical lead officer

139.Section 61 places a duty on Local Health Boards to designate an officer to be responsible for co-ordinating the Board’s functions in relation to children and young people with ALN. The officer must be suitably qualified and experienced in the provision of health care for children and young people with ALN and be either a registered medical practitioner, a registered nurse or other health professional.

Section 62 – Early years additional learning needs lead officer

140.Section 62 places a duty on local authorities to designate an officer with responsibility for co-ordinating the authority’s functions under Part 2 in relation to children under compulsory school age, who have or may have ALN, and are not in a maintained nursery or school.

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