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Advice for professionals

Helping professionals understand additional support for learning legislation and build strong partnerships with families.


If you are supporting children and young people with additional support needsThis is the legal definition of additional support needsThis is the legal definition of additional support needs from the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended. A child or young person has additional support needs... from the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended. A child or young person has additional support needs..., we have information and advice to help you to:

  • understand additional support for learning legislation and how it applies to you
  • keep up to date with changes in relevant legislation and policy
  • work in partnership with families
  • help you listen to children and young people’s voices

See our blogs below for practical ways to support pupils with additional support needs and find tips for working with parents, carers and young people.

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Additional support for learning: What’s my role?

Information for practitioners in education, health and social work on their responsibilities under additional support for learning legislation.

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Understanding children and young peoples’ rights

A summary of children’s rights under the Additional Support Learning Act.

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Understanding parents’ and carers’ rights

What rights do parents and carers have under the Additional Support for Learning Act. Find out here.

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Families + schools = partners

Tips and suggestions to help professionals create and maintain positive relationships with families.

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Resources/Advice for Young People/

Reach is our website offering pupils advice and information about getting the right support in school.

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