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Additional support for learning update: March 2012

March 2012 update.

We've had a busy few months hosting our annual conference and putting together a new film about what helps children with a range of additional support needs get more from their education. Scroll down to find out more.  

We're always trying to respond to issues we hear about. So, as well as our usual news and events, we've got a myth about co-ordinated support plans and articles on how speech and language therapists and learning assistants work with children with additional support needs. 

Scottish Government's ASL progress report 

Read a summary of the Scottish Government's recent report on progress of the implementation of the additional support for learning legislation. Read more …

Speech and Language Therapy

Kim Hartley, Scottish Officer for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) explains how speech and language therapists work with children and young people with additional support needs. Read more

Enquire annual conference

This year’s annual conference was a chance to hear, and share, ASL experiences from across Scotland. Discussion ranged from evaluating the impact of ASL legislation to the need for improved training for teachers, from the opportunities presented by Curriculum for Excellence to how to record outcomes for children with additional support needs. To find out more, look out for the Conference Report on our website in early April.

Learning assistants

Iona Mcleod, ASL Co-ordinator for City of Edinburgh Council, explains the important role that learning assistants have in supporting all children including those who need additional support in school. Read more....

A day in the life of ...

Jordan Smith, Young Person's Information and Advocacy Worker, Kindred

Jordan explains how he supports young people to have their say and play an active role in planning their future. Read more...

ASL myth 

Does having a Co-ordinated Support Plan mean a child will automatically have more support put in place. Find out more ...

Six steps for good communication with your child's school

In our last e-newsletter we heard a parent's view of what makes working with professionals easier for them. This month we provide parents with six easy steps to successful communication with their school. Read more...

Children and young people news

*New Enquire film* 

Exclusively launched at our annual conference, young people share their experiences and views on additional support for learning in our film ‘The Learners’ Perspective’.  You can now watch the film on Enquire’s You Tube channel.  We'd love to know what you think of it so get in touch at if you have any comments. 

Children and young persons blog

Read our recent blog posts to find out about a great new See Me website, hear from pupils with epilepsy about what helps at school and find out how learning independent travel skills help one pupil get ready for leaving school.  

'A huge help at a difficult time' - how Enquire is helping parents, carers and professionals

Enquire receives nearly 1,300 enquiries a year. We regularly check if we are meeting the needs of the people who call or email us. Of 60 people who responded to our January 2012 survey, 98% felt we provide an 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' service.  Here's what two respondents said:

'All help and information provided was excellent and reassuring. The person I spoke to was lovely' and 'It helped just having someone to talk to, somebody knowledgeable to help with the direction I was going in'.

We also ask how we can improve our service. One common response is that more parents, carers and professionals need to be aware of the help Enquire provides.

So why not help us by sharing our details with the families and staff you know. You can order copies of our free parent and carers' or professionals' leaflets at

What's going on?

For a full list of ASL-related events, visit the Events page of our website. Here are a few highlights for the coming months:

Additional Support Needs – When it all goes wrong – 10 April 2012

Scottish Support for Learning Association Conference – 28 April 2012

Inclusive Practice and the Equalities Act – 3 May 2012

Helping Children Cope with Loss – 16 May 2012

Exclusions in Scotland’s schools: One year on, where are we now? 7,12,13 June 2012

Local ASL forums

Enquire has been working with the National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS) to collect contact details of local Additional Support for Learning Forums. Some local authorities have specific groups while others collate parents' views via existing parent support groups and organisations.

For details of what happens in your area, contact the Enquire helpline on 0845 123 2303.

Dyslexia Scotland news

Dyslexia Scotland have recently sent a copy of their Supporting Pupils with Dyslexia at Primary School resource to all primary schools in Scotland. If you haven't seen this resource yet you can view it online here

Scottish Traveller Education Programme (STEP) news

STEP have relaunched their website. It contains lots of news and resources including insights into the lives of Gypsy and Traveller people. It also includes three education and learning good practice case studies. Find out more... 

Education of sick children guidance to be reviewed

Following an 18-month campaign by Action for Sick Children (Scotland), the Scottish Government has announced it will review the Education for Sick Children Guidance. Read more .... 

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