Additional support needs

A teacher helping a student

Many children and young people may need support to help them with learning while they are at school. For some children the support they need might be for a short time, for example following a bereavement when they may be upset and unable to concentrate and may be supported by having someone to talk to at school. Or they made need longer term or complex support from several people or organisations. The support provided to children and young people should be tailored to their individual needs.

The Additional Support for Learning Act sets out a framework for the provision of support for learning. This includes the identification of learning needs, and the planning and monitoring of support provided. If you are concerned that your son or daughter may need some support to help their learning you should discuss this with their school in the first instance.

You may wish to contact Enquire, the national advice and information service for additional support for learning on 0845 123 2303 to discuss your concerns and seek advice. Enquire also have a range of free guides and factsheets (including The Parents' Guide to Additional Support for Learning) which may also help you.

Entitlement to support

Curriculum for Excellence: Building the Curriculum 3 sets out an entitlement for all children and young people to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from Curriculum for Excellence. The Scottish Government is currently working to produce guidance which sets out how children and young people can be supported, across the range of experiences and outcomes and the senior phase and into a positive sustained destination. It is expected that this will be published in late summer 2010.

More from Education Scotland

Other websites

  • Doran Review report

    Report of the Scottish Government's strategic review of learning provision for children and young people with additional support needs, entitled 'The Right Help at the Right Time in the Right Place.'

  • Peter Doran's blog

    Read this blog from the chair of the new review launched for children and young people with additional support needs.

  • National Autistic Society

    Information about the support and services available in the UK for people with autism and Asperger syndrome.
  • Parents' Guide to Additional Support for Learning

    A comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the education system: explains what additional support needs are, details the rights of parents and children, lists useful organisations, and shows how to become more involved in a child's education.