Additional Learning Needs Transformation Leads

Colleges Wales and Association of Directors of Education in Wales*
31 Aug 2017
16 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Additional Learning Needs Transformation Programme

The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill is currently being scrutinised by the National Assembly for Wales. The Bill aims to create a unified legal framework for Wales which will put learners, and their parents and carers, at the heart of the process to identify and plan how to meet their needs. The reforms will affect nearly every early years setting, school and further education institution in Wales.

New legislation is only one aspect, albeit a fundamental one, of our wider Additional Learning Needs (ALN) Transformation Programme, which also focuses on developing the skills of the workforce. We know that transformation of this scale will present challenges as well as opportunities and are committed to supporting our delivery partners to prepare for this transition.

Key to this will be the role of four regional ALN transformation leads, to support local authorities, schools and early years settings, and a transformation lead to support the further education (FE) sector on a national basis.

Additional Learning Needs Transformation Leads

ALN Transformation Leads will provide advice, support and challenge to local authorities, schools, early years settings and further education institutions as they prepare for implementation of the ALN reforms, including through readiness self-assessments and the development of local implementation plans. The successful Transformation Leads will promote multi-agency partnership arrangements, facilitate the sharing of good practice, identify opportunities for collaboration, and make the connections with ALN innovation projects.

The four regional posts will each be employed and managed by a lead authority on behalf of the group of authorities within a region. The FE post will be employed and managed by Colegau Cymru on behalf of the FE colleges in Wales. The five posts will report to the ALN Strategic Implementation Group.

We invite applications from high calibre individuals with a proven track record of driving forward transformational change to increase organisational capability and achieve better outcomes for learners. You will have demonstrable experience of strategic engagement and delivery at a senior level over many years.

Candidates for the regional posts could be called upon to work in any of the four regions, although may state a preference.

Welsh Language is desirable but not essential. However please note that in two regions it is strongly desirable to appoint candidates who are able to work in the medium of Welsh.

Potential candidates should make themselves available for interviews on 02 and 03 October 2017. The interview panel will consist of representatives from the Association of Directors of Education in Wales, Regional Education Consortia, Colegau Cymru and the Welsh Government.

For an application pack, please visit our website by the “Apply” button on this page. These will be available from 31 August and open to submit from Monday 04 September 2017.

Please send any questions and your completed application to

Closing date: The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 15 September 2017.

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