St Gerard’s Primary School complies with the Education (Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended by the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009.
North Lanarkshire Council’s policy is contained within “Support for Learning Policy into Practice 2”, a copy of which is available in the School. The school has a Support for Learning Policy, available from the school on request, which is consistent with North Lanarkshire Council guidelines.
Almost all children at some stage experience learning difficulties. It is our policy to involve parents and to identify and remedy problems as soon as possible. Most children overcome their difficulty by being given some extra input from the class teacher and/ or through liaison between home and school. It may be that a programme may be implemented by the Additional Support for Learning Teacher in consultation with class teacher. When a difficulty persists help would be sought from the NLC Learning and Leisure Services. The process of identifying and initiating support follows the staged intervention process as indicated below. Parents will be kept informed at all stages.
Level 1 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child needs support or planning which can be met within the existing classroom or playroom setting.
Level 2 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child needs support or planning from within the school or early years establishment.
Level 3 – External support from within learning & leisure services, where it is identified that the child requires support or planning from beyond the school or early years setting but within educational services.
Level 4 – External support provided on a multi-agency basis, where the child’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from multi agency services and these support needs will last for more than one year.
Looked After Children i.e. children who are cared for directly or whose care is supervised by the local authority are deemed to have Additional Support Needs unless assessment determines otherwise.
Examples of Additional Support for pupils:
- English as an additional language.
- Social Emotional or Behavioural difficulties.
- Absence due to long term illness
- Specific named conditions for Learning such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.
Parents can request an assessment at any time to establish whether a child or young person has additional needs and/or requires a Co-ordinated Support Plan.
Additional Support Plans (ASPs) enable staff to plan effectively for children and young people with Additional Support Needs.
Some children and young people may require significant support from education and at least one other agency, such as health, social work and/or voluntary agency to help them meet their learning targets. Where this support requires a high level of co-ordination the opening of a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) may be considered.
A CSP may be initiated by the school or another agency.
Parents and young people can, if they wish, request that a CSP be considered and would be involved in the process. Parents will receive letters from the Education Authority throughout the CSP process. Parents and young people will be invited to take part in multi-agency meetings and their views will be recorded in the plan.
North Lanarkshire Council is committed to resolving any differences of views through discussion, dialogue and building on common ground.
If the matter cannot be resolved with the Education Authority you have the right to request mediation. An independent mediation service is available to parents and young people through Resolve (see contact details at the back of this handbook). Mediation is free and independent of the Education Authority.
In the event that a disagreement cannot be resolved through mediation, then an application for Independent Adjudication (see contact details at the back of this handbook) can be made by parents free of charge. The Independent Adjudicator will make recommendations to the Education Authority about how the dispute should be resolved.
The Additional Support Needs Tribunal has been set up to hear appeals made by parents or young people on the decisions made by the Education Authority relating to Co-ordinated Support Plans, placing requests and post school transition. If you disagree with any decision relating to your child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan, either the creation of a CSP, or the content of it, you may be entitled to refer to the Tribunal.
Contacts in relation to Support for Learning:
Help and advice on any matters relating to Support for Learning can be obtained from:
NLC Additional Support Manager
St Gerard’s Primary School
Bellshill ML4 1LN
You can also get further help and advice from:
Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. Operated by Children in Scotland, Enquire offers independent confidential advice and information on additional support for learning. Enquire also provide a range of factsheets.
TEL: 0845 123 2303
www.enquire.org.uk for information for parents and practitioners
www.enquireorg.uk/yp for information for children and young people
Bellshill Health Centre
TEL: 01698 575700
Social Work Office
303 Main Street
TEL: 01698 346666
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
69a George Street
TEL: 0131 260 5380
Reference to Additional Support Needs Tribunal (Scotland)
450 Argyle Street
TEL: 0845 120 2906
FAX: 0141 242 0141
Resolve 0131 222 2456