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Guides for children & young people
Our website for young people Reach.Scot is our ‘go-to’ source of advice and information for pupils dealing with all sorts of issues that are impacting on their school experience. The website pulls together advice, stories and film from young people and a range of youth and support organisations.
Before we re-developed our young people’s website and re-branded with the name Reach.Scot, we offered the following guides for young people. We don’t print these guides anymore, because after consulting with over 75 youth advisors from schools, support bases, disability groups and other youth forums, we were advised that young people would prefer to access the advice and information on the Reach.Scot website instead. However, as the guides have always been a popular resource, we have kept them available to download here. Please note that some of this information may now be out of date.
Extra support at school when you are looked after
This guide is for young people who are looked after. It gives examples of the types of support that can be provided and explains how young people can have a say in decisions about their learning and the support they need.
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This guide was published in July 2013.
What happens when you can’t go to school?
This guide is for young people whose school attendance is interrupted or who are not attending school. It gives examples of the support that can be provided depending on the reason why a young person is away from school. For example if they are unwell, caring for someone at home, from a travelling community, excluded, worried or unhappy about school, home educated or a refugee or asylum seeker.
This guide was published in July 2013.
Need extra support at school?
This guide was revised in April 2015.
Getting ready to leave school
This guide aims to help young people think about their future after they leave school. It has questions to consider and suggests people to talk to. It also explains what the school should do to help pupils get ready to leave. At the back there’s a helpful directory of organisations who can help young people with jobs, volunteering, benefits and more.
This guide was revised in December 2011.
Going to a new school?
This guide is for young people who are about to start at a new school. They might be changing schools because they’ve moved house, or because they’re in P7 and are going to secondary school. Either way, this guide will help them think about what the new school will be like. It also explains about getting extra help at school. Making friends at a new school can be hard, so this guide also has ideas for things to do in and out of school that may help them to settle in.
This guide was revised in January 2013.
Going to meetings
This guide is for young people who are going to meetings with teachers and other people who support them. It acknowledges their worries about going, and encourages them to see it as a chance to talk about how they are getting on at school and whether the support they get is working for them. The guide also offers tips to help young people get ready for meetings and have their say when they are in them.
This guide was revised in November 2012.
What’s the plan? Your education and support
This guide explains how young people can get involved in planning their learning and support. It explains about different kinds of plans that schools use, like IEPs and CSPs, and how young people can have a say in what goes in these plans.
This guide was revised in June 2013.
People who can help
This guide gives young people ideas for people in and out of school who they can ask for help and advice. It also explains how people like learning support teachers, education welfare officers and social workers can help.
This guide was revised in December 2013.
This is a story about a girl called Nadia who gets extra help at school. The story was written by disabled young people supported by Enable. In the story, Nadia talks about her worries at school. She asks for help with bullying and sorts out a problem with her learning support assistant. She also has her say at a review meeting.
This guide was revised in May 2011.
Extra support in exams
This guide has examples of ways that young people with additional support needs might be able to get help with exams. It contains study tips on how to get ready for exams, and info about some useful websites.
This guide was revised in November 2013