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ASL MYTH – Children under the age of five are not eligible for additional support for learning

Under the ASL Act education authorities have a duty to provide adequate and efficient support to meet the needs of children for whose education they are responsible. Also, a child under the age of three may be brought to the attention of the education authority as having additional support needs due to a disability. If the [read more...]

Karen MacMaster, Development Officer Interrupted Learning, Highland Council

“My role is busy and diverse, but always interesting, working with Gypsy and Traveller families and others who experience interrupted learning to provide them with advice and support about accessing school, nursery and other educational opportunities. I also provide practical teaching support to targeted individuals and groups of Gypsy and Traveller pupils who require additional [read more...]

Marlies Rodriguez, School Project Manager, The Place2Be

No two days are the same for Marlies Rodriguez, School Project Manager (SPM) for award winning charity, The Place2Be, a school-based counselling service that works with children, staff and parents and carers to improve the emotional well-being of children, their families and the whole school community. Based at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School in Tranent, Marlies [read more...]

ASL Myth: All looked after children should have a Co-ordinated Support Plan

The amendments to the additional support for learning legislation in 2009 strengthened the existing framework for supporting looked after children in school. Now children who are looked after by a local authority are automatically assumed to have additional support needs. This is the case unless assessments carried out by the local authority show that they [read more...]

ASL Myth: Local authorities must respond to a parent’s request for a specific assessment within a certain time period.

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FACTS: Under the ASL Act, parents can ask education authorities to consider whether their child has additional support needs. At the same time they can ask for a specific type of assessment (such as an educational, medical or psychological assessment or examination). They can also ask for a specific assessment at any time for a child who has additional support needs. Education authorities must agree to both types of [read more...]

David Woodier, A Looked After Children’s Liaison Teacher, North Ayrshire

1. What does the role of a Looked After Children’s Liaison Teacher involve? I think the liaison part of my job is key to helping looked after children and young people. Although I often work directly with a looked after child to help them to engage more fully in education, much of my time and effort is also spent [read more...]

ASL Myth: If a pupil with additional support needs stays on at school after the age of 16, the school does not have to provide additional support for learning.

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FACTS Enquire receives a number of queries each year about this topic and it can be a difficult time for young people and their parents. There should be learning planning in place for all pupils and any extra support needed by a pupil should be planned and discussed with the pupil and their parents at [read more...]

Allan Cowieson, Quality Improvement Officer – Additional Support Needs, North Ayrshire Council

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What does the role of Quality Improvement Officer involve? The Quality Improvement role emerged as a result of the 2000 Act requiring schools and local authorities to publish improvement plans to show how they would improve services. Every school in Scotland, mainstream and special, is expected to publish annual improvement plans. On top of this [read more...]

ASL Myth: Additional support means one-to-one support in class

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One part of additional support for learning that confuses parents contacting our helpline — and one that can often cause disagreements between families and education staff, is the duty for education authorities to provide “adequate and efficient” additional support for pupils who require it. [read more...]

Maggie Tierney, the Deputy Director (Support for Learning), Scottish government Learning Directorate

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This interview was first published in the April 2010 issue of Enquire within What does the role of Deputy Director involve? My role involves supporting Ministers to deliver the 15 national outcomes set out in the Scottish government’s National Performance Framework. In leading the Support for Learning Division within the Learning Directorate, my job is [read more...]

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