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Planning for learning

Schools use planning as a way of thinking about, talking about and arranging what and how your child learns. It’s a way of monitoring their progress and making sure they achieve their goals.

The plan is called a GIRFMe plan (Getting it right for me plan) and you and your child are encouraged to be involved in devising and reviewing the plan.

Additional Support Plan

The plan helps make sure the support provided for the child or young person is working by setting targets and detailing how these targets will be met.

Plans can also help co-ordinate the support your child receives when lots of different professionals are involved. The plan a child has will depend on which stage they are at.

Plans may include:

  • an information section about key professionals, including school staff who may be involved (the child's support network)
  • a summary of the child/young person's additional support needs
  • short and long-term curriculum targets
  • multi-agency targets
  • a behaviour management plan
  • a section for looked after children and young people
  • a page for the parent/carers and the child/young person to add their comments
  • a review meeting form

Co-ordinated Support Plan

Some pupils need additional support from school and other services such as the Education and Families team and the NHS.

The purpose of a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) is to help make sure that everyone works together to meet your child's learning needs. 

Most children with additional support needs will not require a CSP as their needs can be met through other forms of planning.

A CSP is a legal document and must be set up for a child who has additional support needs if the following conditions apply:

  • your child has complex or multiple needs
  • the additional support needs are likely to last for more than a year
  • your child needs a lot of support from Education and Families and at least one other agency to meet his or her learning targets

Page last updated:
15 Dec 2020

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