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Additional support for learning: A guide for parents and carers

Additional support for learning is not just a good idea — it is the law. This guide takes you through the key things you need to know about your and your child’s rights to get them the help they need to benefit from their education and reach their full potential. The guide describes the law and good practice relating to additional support for learning, and explains what they might mean for you and your child. It covers:

  • the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended (usually known as ‘the ASL Act’)
  • the Supporting Children’s Learning Code of Practice 2017, which explains how the law should work in practice
  • other laws and guidance that relate to supporting children at school and in nursery.

Throughout the guide you will find case studies and practical advice to help you work with your child’s school or nursery to get the right support for your child. Each section ends with a The law at a glance… page setting out the key legal rights and responsibilities the section has covered.

Printed copies of the guide are no longer available to order, however you can find or request a copy from your local library, or access the guide online at the link above.

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