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 in school 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.

If you have a concern about your child in primary school please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance or the ‘named person’, who will usually be the head teacher. Sometimes a Child’s Plan may be put in place to help organise, monitor and regularly review your child’s progress.

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:

Further advice for parents with children with ASN can be had from 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

Our ASN teacher Mrs Sinclair comes to the school one day per fortnight.  She works closely with the Head Teacher, Class Teachers and Pupil Support Assistant, to give extra support to children where needed and monitor the progress of pupils formally recognised as having special educational needs. If required a Child’s Plan may be put in place to outline an action plan to help organise, monitor and regularly review a child’s progress. Parents and pupils will be involved in these procedures and in reviews. We work very closely with Wick High School to ensure plans are in place for pupils with additional needs, so that they have a smooth transition to high school.

Information based on Keiss Primary School and Nursery

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