Who is ASN Support For

Additional support for learning means giving children extra help or support so they can get the most out of their education.

A child or young person is said to have ‘additional support needs’ if they need more – or different support – to what is normally provided in schools or pre-schools to children of the same age.

There are many reasons why a child might need additional support for learning.

These include:

  • finding it difficult to control their behaviour
  • not making themselves understood (because English is not their first language or because of a speech and language difficulty)
  • being bullied
  • being abused or neglected
  • caring for someone at home
  • having difficulties with reading and spelling
  • being far ahead of their classmates in their subjects
  • changing schools a lot
  • having a disability
  • being a young parent
  • dealing with the death of a loved one
  • being looked after
  • having mental health worries
  • having an alcohol or drug problem

It is not possible to list all the reasons because it will depend on the child. Children are affected by things in different ways – one child who has lost a family member may struggle at school but another will not.

Your child might need support for a short time, or if their needs are more complicated they might need help for longer.

This website (taken from Enquire) provides more information: What is additional support for learning?