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Useful organisations

    SCILL – Supporting Children in Learning for Life (SCIO)

    SCILL provides information and support to help parents/carers and teaching/health professionals in their task of supporting children with additional support needs AIMS to: increase awareness and understanding of various learning difficulties and their impact on children's progress; provide opportunities to share knowledge, information and experience; bring together and support parents and carers of such children; and,highlight strategies which help to remove the barriers to learning.
    Telephone : 0791 332 6816
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    Scottish Council of Independent Schools – SCIS

    The Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) is an educational charity representing and promoting the interests of over 70 independent schools across the country. SCIS promotes choice, diversity and excellence in Scottish education. Their role is to provide parents with impartial information, advice and guidance, as well as keeping independent schools abreast of educational developments, training opportunities and legislative change.
    Telephone : 0131 556 2316
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    Scottish Home Education Forum

    The Scottish Home Education Forum was first established as an online peer support network in 1999 in recognition of the fact that Scots education legislation differs from the law that applies in the other constituent nations of the UK. In recent years it has expanded its scope to provide advocacy, training and consultancy services, as well as conducting research on issues that affect the elective home educating community.
    Email :
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    Scottish Qualifications Authority – SQA

    SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. SQA’s functions are set out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Act 2002. The organisation has two main roles: accreditation, and awarding qualifications.
    Telephone : 0345 279 1000
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    Scottish Transitions Forum

    The Scottish Transitions Forum began in 2008 and currently has over 900 members representing a wide range of professionals, young people, parents and carers. Their vision is for all young people (14 to 25 years) who require additional support get the information and help they need to live the lives they want. In 2017 they published the ‘ Principles of Good Transitions 3’ which provides a framework to inform, structure and encourage the continual improvement of support for young people with additional needs between the ages of 14 and 25 who are making the transition to young adult life. The Scottish Transitions Forum is supported by the Association for Real Change (ARC Scotland) - a charity that advances knowledge, practice and policy in health and social care for the benefit of people with learning disabilities or other additional support need; committed to people with learning disabilities, or other support needs being at the heart of their services and communities. For more information visit the ARC Scotland website at
    Telephone : 0131 663 4444
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    Talk about Tomorrow

    Help to preparing parents in Scotland for transition to adulthood when they turn 16. Transition simply means change – and for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, growing up is one of the biggest changes they face. It isn’t just about leaving school. It’s about building an adult life, and that takes time.  We work in partnership with the follow organisations a charity called Contact for families with disabled children, Lead Scotland who are specialists in linking education and disability and Gillespie Macandrew who is a leading independent Scottish Law firm. Our service offers advice and information on:
    • Planning for transition
    • Advice on moving to adult services
    • Looking at options to continuing with learning
    • Advice on legal matters including, Guardianship, Power of Attorney and intervention orders and other legal matters
    • Information and support on benefits and finance and other sources of funding

    Telephone : 0808 808 3555
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    The National Autistic Society – Highland Information Service

    The National Autistic Society has a specialised information service for parents and carers of a young person in education (and transition from education) in the Highlands. The service can provide one-to-one support, information about local events, and general information about autism. There are regular coffee mornings/information sessions for local families held at The Pines in Inverness, and families can also access a free library about autism which includes sensory items for loan.
    Telephone : 07731 982706
    Email :
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