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Additional Learning Needs Awareness Raising – Transformation Programme and Draft Code

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CEREDIGION Learning Services’ Special Educational Needs Team in Partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board hosted a conference on 12 February to consult and raise awareness of the new draft Code for additional learning needs (ALN). The conference attendees included local councillors, school governors and professionals from a variety of settings.

The conference – held in Theatr Felinfach – considered the ways that the ALN statutory framework is going to be changing. A new Code will replace the current legislation on special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The new system aims to improve partnership and the sharing of information between agencies, to ensure early identification and to develop relevant support to benefit the child or young person.

Councillor Catrin Miles, with responsibilities for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “The introduction of the new draft Code is an important period for the additional learning needs. Continuing to improve services is a priority and introducing this new code demonstrates that we are understanding and listening to people’s needs. I hope that many people benefit from this new code in action.”

The Welsh Government are holding a consultation in order to gather the views of stakeholders about the proposed changes to the legislation.

They are discussing the contents of the;

· Draft ALN code,

· Draft regulations relating to the Education Tribunal for Wales and ALN coordinators

· Revisions to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 Part 6 Code of Practice – Looked After and Accommodated Children.

If you would like to share your comments on this consultation, please send them to the Welsh Assembly Government by 22 March 2019.

For further information visit https://beta.gov.wales/draft-additional-learning-needs-code or contact Delor Harvey, ALN Pupil & Family Support Co-ordinator on 01545570881 or by e-mail at pps@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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