Additional support plan

Information for Parents and Carers

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 introduces a new framework for providing support for children and young people who need some additional help with their learning.

The Act aims to ensure that all children and young people are provided with the necessary support to help them work towards achieving their full potential. It also encourages all those supporting children and young people to work together.

How do class teachers plan for my child's additional support needs?

Teaching staff plan for the learning of all children and young people. In the playroom/classroom the curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways to take account of different needs and learning styles.

However, some children require more individual planning to support their learning.

For a small number of children whose difficulties require significant, additional resources to be planned for from outwith the class, an Additional Support Plan may be required.

What is contained in an Additional Support Plan (ASP)?

The plan contains detailed information about your child's skills and capabilities (pupil profile) and the factors which give rise to your child's additional support needs.

It contains learning outcomes which are planned for the year with short term targets set each term. It also includes the methods by which targets will be achieved and the additional support required to meet those targets. Your views and those of your child are included in the plan.

Can I be involved in the planning for my child?

Parents and carers are crucial in the partnership process which is undertaken when an Additional Support Plan is being prepared. You as parents or carers have a key role to play in writing the Additional Support Plan and in the review process.

Does my child have a say?

The Education Authority has a duty to seek and take account of the views of children and young people in relation to their education. All schools and establishments should seek out the views of children, (e.g. what do they like to learn, how do they learn best, what do they see as the barriers to their learning)? Children should be involved in the planning and review process and their comments noted.

As part of the process, they should also be involved in meetings about them.

If you require any further advice about your child's additional support needs, contact the Additional Support Manager.

You can also get more help and advice from:

Enquire 0845 123 2303