Bridgend College supports collaborative scheme that provides a clear pathway to inclusive further education.

 

Bridgend College are delighted to be part of a new exciting launch created through a collaboration between Welsh Government and three other further education colleges within the Central South Consortium.

Bridgend College, along with Cardiff and Vale College, The College Merthyr Tydfil and Coleg y Cymoedd, launched the ALN Pathfinder website at the beginning of July, which is aimed at breaking down barriers for learners with Additional Learning Needs. It follows the implementation of the Additional Learning Needs Act and the Education Tribunal for Wales (2018), which seeks to ensure that everyone, regardless of their needs, has equal access to education.

The website provides information aimed to bridge the gap between progression from school into college for learners and their families. Designed to give clear and consistent information on how colleges support learners with additional needs.

Young people visiting the site can find information on college life and the kind of support that will be available for them. In the same way, parents and carers are able to listen to college students and their families talk about their own experiences of moving from school to further education.

The launch, which was held in the Senedd at the beginning of July, welcomed 100 people from Colleges and partners who support inclusive education.

Iestyn Davies, CEO of ColegauCymru, said: “The introduction of the Additional Learning Needs and Educational Tribunal (Wales) Act places emphasis on creating a universal approach to ALN education and development, and so we are aiming to replicate this approach through the ALN pathfinder website.

“Through this site, every young person will gain access to the basic level of information needed to make an informed decision about college. We wanted to communicate this information in an easy to understand format, drawing on the stories of real students, while signposting to the correct page on each local college’s website.

More information can be found on the ALN Pathfinder website at alnpathfinder.wales.