Additional support Needs

 

Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs

East Dunbartonshire Council’s Policies, Procedures, and Practices relating to children and young people with additional Support Needs are in line with The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 which place duties on Education Authorities and provide rights for parents or children with Additional Support Needs and young people with Additional Support Needs.

All children require support to help them learn. However there are some children and young people who need some extra support or support which is a bit different from the support provided for all children to make sure they benefit from school education. That support may come from Education Services but can also be provided by a NHS board, Social Work, Skills Development Scotland, or independent voluntary organisations. Children and young people in school who need extra support or a different sort of support from what is generally available have Additional Support Needs.

These Additional Support Needs can arise for lots of different reasons. The reasons why a child or young person may Additional Support needs are too many to list here, however the following are examples:

That the child or young person:

 ·   Finds it difficult to behave in school;

  ·   Is hearing or visually impaired;

 ·   Has a particular health need;

 ·   Is living with parents how have a drug of alcohol dependency;

  • Has English as an additional language;

Parents have a very important role to play in their child’s education and the views of parents and young people will always be taken into account of fin making decisions which affect the child or the young person. If your child requires additional support at school you can provide the school with important information about your child which will be helpful in making plans to support your child. Parents and young people will always be invited to participate in reviews of progress.

A small number of children and young people with additional support needs may require a Coordinated Support Plan (CSP). All of these children and young people will already have a staged intervention plan provided for them in school which set out targets for their learning and timescales for achieving those targets. Parents, professionals and the child or young person can all be involved in regularly reviewing the plans. The CSP sets out the educational objectives for an individual which can only be achieved by services such as Health or Social Work working together with Education to support the child or young person ie where the support required must be co-ordinated.

If you have a concern that your child’s additional support needs are not being met you should always, in the first instance, contact the school to arrange a time to discuss that concern. Every effort will be made by the school and The Education Authority to resolve your concern at that point. If you are not happy with the way the matter has been dealt with and you continue to have concerns you may be able to make use of one (or more) of the following:

-Mediation

-Independent Adjudication

-The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland to assist in reaching a satisfactory conclusion.

 

Support for Learning Services

East Dunbartonshire Council, in supporting inclusion in its schools, has a number of Support for Learning Services.

These are:-

·  Education Support Team which includes English as an Additional  Language Learning

·  Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs Service

·  Short Term Advice and Response Team

·  Consultancy

·  Continuing Professional Development

·  Cooperative Teaching

·  Curriculum Development

·  Partnership Working.