Kildrum Primary School

Additional Support Needs

Kildrum Primary complies with the Education (Additional Support for Needs Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended by the Education (Additional 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.


Elspeth Singleton is our Educational Psychologist who works with us in assessing children and directing appropriate programmes of study. Parental consent is always sought prior to any assessment taking place. Some children in school have extra support from support staff or members of the Management Team.


We can refer children for Speech and Language therapy after discussion with parents/carers. Bilingual Support is available for children who have English as a second language.


We have several members of support staff who assist the class teachers in working with able children or those who need a little extra help. Able children are challenged through having access to appropriate resources, which provide extension work. The Additional Support for Learning Education (Additional Support for Learning) Scotland Act 2004 states the framework for supporting children and young people in their education. This term applies to children and young people who, for whatever reason (including slow academic progress, behavioural issues, bereavement, loss or bullying) require additional support, long or short term, in order to help them make the most of their school education.


Through a process of staged intervention where appropriate action is taken, sometimes in conjunction with other agencies, the school works to support these pupils and their families within the framework of the legislation and in line with the Code of Practice.


Steps of Staged Intervention

Level 1

Where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning which can be met within the school using classroom and whole school resources..


Level 2

Requesting support from within Education, Youth and Communities (services/resources outside school) e.g. Educational Psychologist, Community Learning and Development.


Level 3

Requesting support from another agency (Joint working with partner agency/agencies including 3rd Sector). When further planning is required to further develop the wellbeing of children and young people the Named Person may request assistance from colleagues in partner agencies.

Level 4


Integrated and Compulsory working with other agency/agencies. Targeted intervention(s) required to promote the wellbeing of the child would be identified by relevant agencies (child’s Network of Support) and included in the Child’s Plan. A Lead Professional would be identified. At level 4 there would an expectation that a statutory Child’s Plan with integrated assessment, integrated chronology and Lead Professional is in place.


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 oversees the welfare and development of Looked After Children.


Parents/carers 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 (C.S.P.). Parents/carers and pupils are an essential part of the assessment; planning/carers and review processes and your views will be actively sought.


“In Kildrum Primary time is spent making sure all children are learning and support is given to those who need it.”

Parent, November 2017



Additional Support Plans (A.S.P.s) enable staff to plan for children with Additional Support Needs.

Some children may require significant support from education and at least one other agency, such as health, social work or a 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 (C.S.P.) may be considered. A C.S.P. may be initiated by the school or another agency. Parents/carers, and young people can, if they wish, request that a C.S.P. be considered and would be involved in the process. Parents/carers will receive letters from the Education Authority throughout the C.S.P. process. Parents/carers and young people will be invited to take part in multi-agency meetings and their views 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/carers 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/carers 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/carers 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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