East Dunbartonshire Council’s policies, procedures and practices relating to children and young people with additional support needs are in line with the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 which place duties on education authorities and provide rights for parents of children with additional support needs and young people with additional support needs.
All children require support to help them learn. However, there are some children and young people who need some extra support or support which is a bit different from the support provided for all children to make sure they benefit from school education. That support may come from education services but can also be provided by a NHS Board, Social Work, Skills Development Scotland, or independent and voluntary organisations. Children and young people in school who need extra support or a different sort of support from what is generally available have additional support needs.
These additional support needs can arise for lots of different reasons. The reasons why a child or young person may have additional support needs are too many to list here, however the following are examples:
That the child or young person:
Some additional support needs may only last for a short period of time other additional support needs will be life long.
If you think your child may have additional support needs you should talk to your child’s school or pre school provision about this.
All children and young people have their needs continuously assessed and reviewed. Your child’s school will be able to show you their assessment of your child’s needs and will send you copies of reports on how your child is progressing in school.
All schools and early years establishments in East Dunbartonshire look at children’s needs through a process of staged intervention. This process allows teachers and others to
In addition to the additional support which schools themselves can provide through individual planning or making specific resources available, schools can also request support from East Dunbartonshire Council’s specialist educational support services. The Council can also provide individual children with special equipment and resources if necessary. Some children may also benefit from attending the special schools and specialist resources which East Dunbartonshire manages.
Parents have a very important role to play in their child’s education and the views of parents and young people will always be taken account of in making decisions which affect the child or the young person. If your child requires additional support at school you can provide the school with important information about your child which will be helpful in making plans to support your child. Parents and young people will always be invited to participate in reviews of progress.
A small number of children and young people with additional support needs require a co-ordinated support plan (CSP). All of these children and young people will already have a plan provided for them in school which set out targets for their learning and timescales for achieving those targets. Parents, professionals and the child or young person can all be involved in regularly reviewing the plans. The CSP sets out the educational objectives for an individual which can only be achieved by services such as health or social work working together with education to support the child or young person i.e. where the support required must be co-ordinated.
If you have If you have a concern that your child’s additional support needs are not being met you should always, in the first instance, contact the school to arrange a time to discuss that concern. Every effort will be made by the school and the education authority to resolve your concern at that point. If you are not happy with the way the matter has been dealt with and you continue to have concerns you may be able to make use of one (or more) of the following:
The Education (Additional Support for Learning) Act 2004/2009 places duties on local authorities to provide access to independent mediation for resolving disputes with parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs when or if they arise. East Dunbartonshire Council uses Resolve Scotland. For further information contact: 0131 313 8844 or go to www.resolve.org.uk
Woodland View School supports children who have been assessed by East Dunbartonshire Council with having an additional support need that cannot be met within a broadly mainstream or unit based provision. There is a very wide range of conditions that staff in the school are able to support.
Pupils may have a medically diagnosed genetic condition, be managing a physical disability, have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or may be developmentally delayed. Placement at Woodland View School would be preceded by a process of consultation between parents, the school, involved agencies such as Psychological Services, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work Department and the authority’s consultation group – the GIRFEC liaison group.
Woodland View School aims to provide a nursery, primary and secondary experience for pupils at their social, emotional and academic level in smaller class sizes. This often means that classes are not purely based on age or stage.
We also link with mainstream schools across the local authority for children or young people who would benefit from a social or academic experience with their mainstream peers. If there comes a point where we feel a child or young person would be better placed in another EDC provision we would have this discussion with the team around the child and act accordingly following these discussions.