Additional Support Needs

All children need support to help them learn. Some children require more help than others. We follow the ‘Highland Practice Model Staged Approach’ to assessing, identifying and supporting additional support needs. In this model every child has a ‘named person’ who is responsible for making sure that the child or young person has the right help to support his/her development and well-being. In Bower Primary School, the named person is the Head Teacher, unless otherwise stated.

There are times when a Child’s Plan may be put in place to help organise, monitor and regularly review a child’s progress. Parents would be informed of and heavily involved in the writing and reviewing of this. They would also attend the meetings. If you wish to find out more about The Highland Practice Model or the Child’s Plan you can access more information at:

There are also information sheets available at:

Anyone wishing some advice on learning support can also contact: (a) Enquire – the Scottish advice and information service for additional support for learning

(b) My Rights, My Say – an advocacy and advice service for young people over 12 with additional support needs

(c) Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, an advocacy service to support parents and children

(d) Scottish Child Law Centre, an organisation providing free legal advice to young people.

Staff will also support the emotional development and wellbeing of pupils though formal and informal curricular activities. Schools have access to the Primary Mental Health Worker Service and consultation and advice can be sought if there are concerns that might require more targeted support. Mrs Sinclair, Additional Support Needs Teacher, is with us for one day per fortnight and gives extra support to children where needed and works closely with the Head Teacher, class teachers and the PSA to ensure suitable provision for all children.

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