Skip to main content

Inclusion services

Addressing the needs of children who require additional support

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 sets out what the education authority must do in order to meet the needs of children who require additional support.

The additional support we provide may vary and will depend on a child’s needs. It may include:

  • adapting the curriculum, the provision of equipment or resources to assist with learning
  • additional adult support
  • intervention from a specialist such as allied health professionals or social work

If you think your child requires support, please contact the headteacher, who will arrange to review your child’s progress at school and discuss the next steps with you. 

Children may need additional support for a variety of timescales and reasons including:

  • a physical disability
  • looked after children
  • social or emotional difficulties
  • problems at home
  • challenging behaviour
  • a sensory impairment or communication impairment
  • being a young carer or parent
  • having English as a second language

Following a multi-agency discussion, (including conversations with lead professionals such as educational psychologists, social workers, health and education teams), a referral may be made to access additional support services.

Other support and guidance

Within the Inclusion section, identified staff have responsibility for 'moving and handling' training. Other specific areas include advice, guidance and support in the following areas:

  • inter-authority arrangements for pupils with additional support needs
  • home education
  • home tuition (for children that can’t attend school for medical reasons)
  • education of Gypsy/Traveller children
  • children missing from education processes
  • child protection
  • ordering of specialist equipment required for children and young people to access education within schools and establishments

The Inclusion team can arrange training and continuous professional development to staff in establishments in a range of areas including:

  • Getting it Right for every Child (GIRFEC)
  • additional support needs
  • attachment
  • planning to meet the needs of children and young people
  • moving and handling
  • risk assessments and adaptations for physically disabled children and young people
  • child protection
  • information sharing 

The work of the section is managed by the Senior Education and Families Manager and the Inclusion Manager.

Page last updated:
24 May 2021

Help us improve this pageClose

We're sorry this page didn't meet your expectations this time, please let us know if you have any feedback to help us improve.

Thank you for your feedback