Additional support

Update: Hearing and sharing views about experiences of additional support in schools

Last updated: 10/03/17

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Find out what’s happening at national level about listening to people’s views of additional support for learning in schools. [read more...]

What support could my child get in school?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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If you think that your child might need extra help, talking to their school is the best place to start. Every child’s needs will be different and any support provided should meet their individual needs. There are lots of ways to support children with their learning. Support may include: time with learning support staff assistance [read more...]

Why might a child need additional support for learning?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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There are many reasons why a child might need additional support for learning. These include: finding it difficult to control their behaviour not making themselves understood (because English is not their first language or because of a speech and language difficulty) being bullied being abused or neglected caring for someone at home having difficulties with [read more...]

Can people other than teaching staff help my child in school?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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If your child has additional support needs, they may need help from people who don’t work in the school – such as a speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, counsellor, support worker or social worker. Your child may get support from these people in school – for example, a speech and language therapist may visit your [read more...]

My child is finding school difficult. What can I do?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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As a parent you are an expert on your child. If you notice your child is having difficulty with some part of their school work, it is important you discuss your worries with their teacher. Your child’s teacher will normally identify children in their class who need more attention or planning. If you feel your [read more...]

My child is being bullied in school. What can I do?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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If your child is being bullied and this is affecting their attendance at school or their ability to benefit from their education, then they might require additional support to help them return to school or support them with their learning. If you think your child is being bullied, you should advise your child to tell [read more...]

Positive mental health in schools – Enquire conference 2016

Last updated: 07/06/16

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On 10 March 160 people gathered at the 17th Enquire annual conference in Stirling to discuss young people’s mental health and wellbeing and what schools are doing to support young people’s mental health needs. We considered how we prevent additional support for learning needs arising from mental health issues and dealing with acute mental health [read more...]

How can Parent Councils involve parents of children who require additional support for learning?

Last updated: 25/03/15

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Joining a parent council is just one of the many ways parents can get involved with their child’s school. But what opportunities do parent councils offer parents of pupils who require additional support for learning?  We asked Billy Gibson, a member of the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NFPS), to consider this question. Billy, who is [read more...]

Education Scotland web resources

Last updated: 25/03/15

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View Education Scotland’s comprehensive resources for implementing Curriculum for Excellence including good practice on Supporting Learners. [read more...]

Hands On Scotland

Last updated: 25/03/15

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View Hands On Scotland’s resources to help children and young people flourish. [read more...]

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