Glengowan Primary and Nursery Blog

Additional Support Needs

Glengowan 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’s guidelines. In Glengowan Primary School, we believe that all children learn in different ways and may require additional support for a variety of reasons at different times in their education. For some children, the support they require will be of a long-term nature, whereas for others it may only be for a temporary period in their schooling.

A child has additional support needs where, for whatever reason, the child is, or is likely to be unable to benefit from school education provided or to be provided for the child or young person, without the provision of additional support. Support can also be made available for pupils with English as an additional language.
Glengowan Primary School has a commitment to support the entitlement of all children to a planned and progressive educational experience, enabling them to achieve their potential and become:

  • Successful learners
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Effective contributors

Staged intervention is a process which is used to identify, assess, plan, support and review the learning needs of the pupils in our school. The Head Teacher or one of the Principal Teachers should be contacted by parents who have a concern regarding how their child is progressing. Every child in school has an adult that will get to know them well and can help them. This person is called the Named Person and in Glengowan Primary the named person is Mrs Rhona Reid.

Our school has clear procedures in place at class/playroom level to provide for the identification and support of individual pupil needs. The framework is as follows:
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 establishment but within education.
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 out with education such as health, social work and/or voluntary services and these support needs are likely to 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. The Head Teacher, Mrs Rhona Reid, is the Looked After Children’s Co-ordinator.

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 an assessment at any time to establish whether a child or young person has additional needs and/or requires a Co-ordinated Support Plan. The Head Teacher, Mrs Rhona Reid, should be contacted regarding this.

Planning
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.

Dispute Resolution
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.

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