Children with additional needs may need extra support in school, or you may feel that your child needs to attend a different school provision such as a language unit, another mainstream school or a special school.  Depending on where you live, Kindred may be able to assist you with finding the right provision for your child.  When required, the Education Department delivers the extra support in partnership with other agencies (i.e. NHS Therapy Services, Social Work Department).

For more information about support for learning in your region see:

Edinburgh ASL

Midlothian ASL

West Lothian ASL

East Lothian ASL

Fife ASL

Find out more about:

Enquire

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for Additional Support for Learning.  The Enquire Helpline number is 0345 123 2303
As well as answering your questions on the phone, Enquire has many useful publications including ‘A Parent’s Guide to Additional Support for Learning’.  Please check the Enquire website for further resources www.enquire.org.uk

Presumption of Mainstream education – what does that mean?

The Eduction Department must start with the assumption that a child will be educated in mainstream school unless/until the child is assessed as requiring specialist provision.

If you have any concerns about your child’s education and his/her additional needs are met, you can contact your school and discuss this with them.

Special schools – what is available?

If your child’s needs cannot be met in mainstream school, there are other options available:

  • Language and Communication Classes (Primary only) – based in a mainstream school, these are small classes with staff experienced in teaching children with specific language impairments.  Inclusion in some mainstream school activities are encouraged.
  • Learning Support Bases (Secondary only) – this differs from a Language Class, as the pupils are integrated in mainstream lessons for as much of the curriculum as possible, and use the Support Base to get additional support.
  • Special Schools (Primary and Secondary) – schools for children with moderate learning difficulties to severe learning disabilities.
  • Independent Special Schools – some special schools are run independently of local authority education departments and provide specialist support for particular groups of children.

Special schools – how to apply?

You can apply for a specialist provision by making a ‘placing request’, stating how the school of your choice would be best meet your child’s educational needs.  If you are thinking of a school place for the beginning of the school year in August, then you must make your request in writing by 15th March of the same year.

For information on how and when to submit a ‘placing request’, you can contact your child’s Educational Psychologist or our helpline on 0800 031 5793.

What do I do if my application for a special school has been turned down?

As early as possible, contact Let’s Talk ASN, a joint initiative of Govan Law Centre (Charity No. SCO30193) and Kindred Advocacy. We can provide guidance for your specific circumstances and may suggest that you ask the Education Department for mediation to discuss their decision and try to reach an agreement. We can also support you to appeal the Education Department’s decision. An appeal needs to be lodged 1 month after the decision date (see date on your decision letter). Let’s Talk ASN is a FREE service for the parents of children with additional support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute or potential dispute with an education authority.

The Let’s Talk ASN service offers specialist independent advocacy, and all cases are supervised by an experienced Education Law Solicitor.

If you have any questions or wish further information you can contact the Kindred Helpline on 0800 031 5793, or Govan Law Centre, who can be contacted on 0141 445 1955, or email: [email protected]

Educational Psychological Services

Each school has a named Educational Psychologist.  They work with the school and other professionals, using their expertise in psychology and child development to improve the educational outcomes for children and families.

For information about their role (within City of Edinburgh Council) here.

If you have concerns about your child’s education you can ask your school to contact their Educational Psychologist who will advise you about assessment of your child’s needs.

Individualised Educational Plan – IEP

An IEP is a teaching plan for your child.  This is used when a child’s needs require adaptations to the teaching delivery.  This document lists education targets and how the teaching is adapted to help the child meet these targets and reach his/her potential.

Coordinated Support Plan – CSP

When children have support needs and requires significant input from agencies other that the Education Department (i.e. NHS Therapists, Social Work Dept), they may be entitled to a Coordinated Support Plan.  Before a CSP is written, an application needs to be made and a consultation with all agencies conducted to clarify if the child meets the criteria.

Once a CSP is in place, it is reviewed every 12 months.

 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.