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This report presents a theory of change for the reforms, summarises findings from a synthesis of existing evidence on Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system implementation, and articulates the plans and priorities for the next phases of the evaluation.

This report presents the findings of the first phase of the four-year evaluation of the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system.

The Theory of Change (ToC) is a key focus of the report. It explains how the ALN system is intended to achieve its aims and objectives, by making explicit the expected inputs, activities, outcomes, and impacts, as well as the assumed links between them.

The ToC will inform the approach to the evaluation, support the design of research tools, and provide a reference point to frame evaluation findings. The report also sets out the findings of a data mapping exercise, outlining the data sources that are currently available to enable an exploration of the inputs, activities, outcomes and impacts set out in the ToC.

The synthesis of existing evidence in relation to implementation of the ALN system identifies issues requiring particular attention during fieldwork with practitioners, stakeholders, learners, parents and carers as part of the future phases of the evaluation. Finally, drawing on the findings of the scoping phase, the report sets out the plans and priorities for the next phases of the evaluation.


Laura Bloomfield

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