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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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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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