I have a learner who needs support because…

I have a learner who needs support because…

Each child and young person is unique. Support that works for one child may not work for another child who has the same diagnosis or is in a similar circumstance.

However, there is a wealth of information, advice, training, learning resources and support services out there to help you support children and young people with specific additional support needs.

In this section we’ve collated a list of some of helpful places to get you started when you’re looking for ideas, information or resources to support a child or young person with a specific support need.

We’ve selected these support needs based on the most commonly mentioned support needs in enquiries to our helpline.


Anxiety and mental health

  • Young Minds is a UK wide charity supporting young people’s mental health by offering them, their families and the professionals who work with them support. They offer resources, training and courses specifically for professionals.
  • What do we need to know about the mental health and wellbeing of children? Is an online recording of a session that was run by Education Scotland as part of the Scottish Learning Festival in 2021. The presentation and discussions start at the 31:23 mark.
  • Reach.scot has lots of advice for young people about mental health and getting support when they feel down, stressed or anxious about school. You can signpost your learners to this, or look at it together with them.
  • Childline offer children and young people the chance to talk confidentially one-to-one with a trained counsellor. Sometimes you can help a child or young person by helping them find someone safe they can talk to about how they’re feeling



  • Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit is a free comprehensive online resource for all professionals involved in the identification and support of learners showing signs of literacy difficulties. It was produced by Dyslexia Scotland.
  • Dyslexia Scotland’s helpline (0344 800 84 84) is open to professionals and offers you the chance to get expert advice and guidance about dyslexia and supporting dyslexic learners.
  • Meeting the needs of dyslexic learners is a GTC Scotland guide for professionals that was written in partnership with Dyslexia Scotland.
  • Dyslexia Action offer specialist dyslexia training, courses and qualifications for professionals.
  • Dyslexia Unwrapped is an online hub for dyslexic children and young people that you can look at together with your learner.

Children and young people from a refugee or asylum seeking family

  • Education resources to support work with refugee and migrant families provides  information, advice and support for teachers who have a child from a refugee or asylum-seeking family in their classroom. Hosted by Education Scotland, it includes information and resources for teaching to refugee or asylum seeking children and their families, as well as teaching resources to improve awareness amongst learners.
  • The Educational Institute of Scotland have created a series of Welcome Packs for new Scots. The Welcome Packs are specific to three age ranges (P1-P4, P5-S3 and S4-S6) They have been created to inform children, young people and their parents of their rights as pupils in the Scottish education system, give a quick background about Scotland and to convey a positive and welcoming message. Copies can be downloaded from the EIS Welcome to Scotland webpage.

English as an additional language

  • Education Scotland’s Learning in 2+ Languages provides advice for education practitioners on how best to support bilingual learners and help ensure all learners achieve their potential.  Designed as an interactive PDF, each of the six main sections can be viewed independently or as part of a whole.
  • Scottish EAL Co-ordinating Council is a network for education professionals coordinating the support for learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in schools and early years settings, and for teachers supporting bi-lingual children and young people.

More like this

We’ll continue to add further ASN factors to this page. In the meantime, if you’re not sure where to start for supporting a learner, remember you can always contact our helpline. Our advisers can answer your questions about additional support for learning and signpost you to specialist resources and services.