Example Dear, Following our correspondence of xxx, I can now advise you that we have determined that you do not have ALN. We have made this determination because following consideration of any needs it has been decided that they do not match the definition of ALN [outline reasons that the decision was made]. A person has additional learning needs if that person has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for additional learning provision. There is more information about the meaning of this in the enclosed leaflet. To support you we will discuss and agree with you implementing some or all of the following actions: [a description of the actions which the FEI can/will undertake to ensure the young person’s needs are met. This might include any strategies or facilities that form part of differentiated classroom teaching which can be utilised.] If you would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact [provide name and contact details of the ALNCo in the FEI.] You might be interested in the information and advice provided by the local authority on this matter [this might be provided alongside this notification or details of how to access the local authorities’ information and advice must be provided]. You may wish to engage in the local authority’s arrangements for avoiding and resolving disagreements. This can be accessed by [provide details of how a young person can access the local authority arrangements for avoiding and resolving disagreements.] You may also wish to use the local authority’s independent advocacy service. This service provides advice and assistance to young people. [Provide details of the local authorities’ independent advocacy service.] If you do not agree with our decision about your ALN, you have a right to appeal the decision to the Education Tribunal. We can provide more details on this matter. Page | 72
DECISION BY MAINTAINED SCHOOL THAT CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON DOES NOT HAVE ADDITIONAL LEARNING NEEDS Where a maintained school decides a pupil does not have ALN, the following sets out what must be done School decides whether pupil has ALN? NO YES Prepare IDP if no exceptions apply Send notification of the decision, which must also include: The reasons for the decision The name and contact details of the school ALNCo; Information about how to access the local authority’s arrangements for providing information and advice about ALN and the ALN system; Details of the local authority’s arrangements for the avoidance and resolution of disagreement, as well as its local authority independent advocacy services; and Information about the right to request their local authority to re-consider the matter. RESPONSE TO NOTIFICATION The child, child’s parent or young person receives notification of decision. Are the child, child’s parent or young person content with decision? YES Child, child’s parent or young person is content NO Child, child’s parent or young person may ask local authority to reconsider the decision Child, child’s parent or young person engages with local authority arrangements for resolving disagreements and/or independent advocacy services NO NO Child, child’s parent or young person is content No further action required Local authority must inform school and invite representations from it. YES No further action required Local authority decides whether child or young person has ALN (except where the person has become detained or a looked after child or in some circumstances where the local authority has previously made such a decision) YES NO Local authority must prepare IDP or direct the school to do so Send notification of the decision and the reasons, as well as: The name and contact details of the relevant contact at the local authority; Copies of relevant information and advice made available by the local authority or details of how to access it; Details of the local authority’s avoidance and resolution of Page disagreement | 73 arrangements, and of its independent advocacy services; and Information about the right to appeal to the Education Tribunal.