*The 2004 SEN Code of Practice for Wales uses the term SEN however the new Code of Practice for Wales uses the term ALN. The department is therefore referred to as the SEN/ALN Department.  (The terms SEN/ALN/the department are all interchangeable).

Support for your child

The SEN department at Penglais School values and supports the contribution that every child can make.  The department seeks to remove barriers to learning in order to raise the achievement of pupils who have special educational needs. The purpose of the department is to help pupils to acquire the necessary learning skills and confidence to cope with school life, the curriculum, and to achieve their full potential.

At Penglais School the SEN department is made up of the following specialist resource units:

  • Learning Support Centre
  • Dyslexia Support
  • Basic Skills - literacy and numeracy support
  • Hearing Resource Centre
  • Talkabout intervention
  • Hafan (Social and Emotional)

Every child with additional learning needs, registered on the school provision map, will have SEN support. This means help that is additional to the support generally given to children of the same age. Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty/special educational need.

Children have special educational need if they:

  • Have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them
  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;


Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning that the majority of children the of the same age:
  • Have a disability which prevents of hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Education Authority

The SEN Code of practice for Wales states that needs fall within the following broad range areas:

  • Cognition and learning
  • Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development
  • Communication and interaction and
  • Sensory and/or physical


 Where there are concerns about a pupils' progress the school will consider implementing the graduated approach to SEN. The categories referred to in the Ceredigion SEN Strategy are:


School Action


School Action Plus


School Action Plus Resource Agreement



 The purpose of SEN support is to help children to achieve the outcomes set for them by school in conjunction with parents, pupils and school staff. As well as accessing the units previously listed, SEN support can take many forms, including:

  • Access to a teaching assistant
  • Making or changing materials or equipment
  • The child working in a smaller group
  • Providing a high level of differentiation
  • A special learning programme for your child

The Ceredigion SEN Policy is available here.

SEN* Department Penglais Learning Support Centre (LSC) Dyslexia and Basic Skills Resource Base Hearing Resource Centre
Talkabout Hafan SEN - Useful Links