Baird Memorial Primary complies with the Education (Additional 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.
The school follows Learning and Leisure Services Stage 4 plan:
Level 1 Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person 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 or young person needs support or planning from within the school or early years. establishment
Level 3 External Support where education staff identify that the child or young person requires support or planning from beyond the school or early years setting but within educational services.
Level 4 External support provided on a multiagency basis, where the child or young person’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from other agencies outwith education such as health, social work and/or voluntary services and these support needs are likely to last for more than one year.
We aim to educate all our pupils according to their age and ability and to assist them to achieve full potential. There is a Support for Learning Policy within the school, which is available to parents. One vital aspect is the early involvement of parents. Should your child be experiencing learning difficulties you will be involved as early as possible and become actively involved throughout the processes/plans drafted to assist your child.
At various times throughout the year we have visiting specialists who cater for a wide range of needs.
- Educational Psychologist Paediatrician
- Physiotherapist Speech & Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist School Nurse
Visits to individual pupils are arranged through the Head Teacher at a convenient time to the pupil as well as the Specialist. A Co-ordinated Support Plan may be drawn up where a young person’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from multi-agency services and these support needs will last for more than one year.
Parents and pupils are an essential part of the assessment; planning and review processes and your views will be actively sought. Parents and young people can request of the authority to establish when a child has additional support needs. They can also request an assessment at any time.
Additional Support Plans (ASP’s) 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. The school or other agency may initiate a CSP.
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 process of producing a CSP. 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 throughout 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.