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Robert Brown, Parent Carer Development Officer, Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Looking after  a child with additional support needs can be stressful for parent carers and it’s easy for them to forget to look after themselves. That’s why Robert Brown from the Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre is very pleased that his role as Parent Carer Development Officer has recently been developed. Robert explains, “One [read more...]

Myth: My child will not receive any extra help in school because she does not have a formal diagnosis

The Additional Support for Learning Act sets out the duties on schools, local authorities and other agencies to identify any barriers to learning that a child may have. There is then a duty to provide support to meet these individual learning needs, regardless of the reason for them. Although a diagnosis may be helpful for [read more...]

Myth: Parents have to attend all meetings about their child’s learning

Parents and carers play an important role in supporting their children’s learning in school. It is good practice that parents and carers are involved when important decisions about a child’s learning are made. However it is not always possible, or necessary, for parents and carers to be at all meetings regarding their child’s learning. There [read more...]

David Carracher, Senior Manager (Inclusion), North Ayrshire Council

As Senior Manager (Inclusion), David has management responsibility for employability, college and employer links, promoting and managing educational inclusion, implementation of integrated children’s services within Education and Skills, child protection, active citizenship and pupil participation, equalities, police and fire service liaison. He also has responsibility for Pupil Support Services. This includes teachers in schools supporting [read more...]

MYTH: When a child moves school they will receive the same support at their new school as they did in their previous school

When a child is moving to a new school, information about them and their learning needs will be passed to the new school in order for the school to prepare for the pupil arriving. When a child attends the new school staff should consider the child’s needs based on both the information they received and [read more...]

Peter McGregor, Operations Manager for the Flexible Learning Initiative with North Lanarkshire Council

Given the importance of his role, it’s unsurprising that Peter’s remit is challenging, but also extremely rewarding. Peter explains exactly what the Flexible Learning Initiative is all about “Once a young person has been identified as requiring a high level of support, and where schools have already implemented numerous strategies, they are referred to our [read more...]

Amanda Robb – Education Resource Worker with the School Community Support Service, Dundee City Council

Amanda’s current role as an Education Resource Worker (ERW) involves supporting children, young people and their families to ensure they have equal opportunities within the education system from the ages of 5-16. Amanda explains ‘The main focus of my work is around non-attendance and the factors impacting on this. These can include: substance misuse, welfare, [read more...]

MYTH: It is not possible to appeal the exclusion of a child with additional support needs


All parents have the right to appeal an exclusion (pupils may also appeal the exclusion if they are able to understand the process of appealing). When a child is excluded the school must, within 8 days, write to you to tell you why your child was excluded, any conditions for your child’s readmission to school [read more...]

MYTH: Sending a child home to ‘cool-off’ is not an exclusion

The law does not make any distinction between types of exclusion – children are either excluded or they are not. Schools may use the term ‘cooling off period’ if a child is sent home due to their challenging behaviour or if they are not coping well in school. These situations can also be called ‘informal [read more...]

ASL Myth: Children attending pre-school or nursery who have additional support needs have the right to a full-time place.

Broadly speaking, all 3 and 4-year-old children have a right to free, part-time, pre-school education at a local authority or partnership nursery (a ‘partnership nursery’ could be a voluntary or private establishment that offers pre-school education through partnership arrangements with the local authority.) Every child is entitled to a total of 475 hours of funded, [read more...]

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