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Additional Support Needs

ASN Parents' Forum

The ASN Parents' Forum meets 3 times each school year. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and carers of children with additional support needs to come along and meet other parents and carers, as well as educational professionals.

The meetings are informal with a shared agenda. The next meeting on Thursday the 19th of February 2015 will focus on how we work in partnership at future meetings.

2014 / 2015 Dates

All meetings are from 7.00pm for tea and coffee. Meeting times are from 7.15pm to 8.15/8.30pm.

  • Thursday 19th February 2015
  • Thursday 21st May 2015

Venue:

Hazelwood School
Fernielea Road
Aberdeen
AB15 6GU

For further information and to confirm attendance please contact the Inclusion Team

Email: inclusionteam@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Phone: 01224 523580

Support for Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs

All primary and secondary schools provide interventions for children and young people with additional support needs. The Authority also maintains a range of support services such as Educational Psychology, Sensory Support, English as an Additional Language and Autism Outreach. A very small number of children may require access to a more specialised provision for a period of time or access to a Special School Placement.

The Authority is committed to inclusion and the Presumption of Mainstreaming, as set out in the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000. Education and Children's Services will be considering how best to utilise expertise and support from existing services to most effectively support learners over session 2015/16.

Parents have a right to make a placing request for special school provision. In the case of a placing request refusal regarding special schools, parents have the right to make a referral to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland (ASNTS). Information about ASNTS and making a referral can be found via the Scottish Government website www.asntscotland.gov.uk/asnts. Placing request forms should be submitted to the Head of Inclusion.

Staged Intervention

Schools operate a staged approach to supporting learners. The Staged Intervention Framework is used to help identify potential barriers to learning and participation, and plan effective interventions. Each stage is characterised by the level of individualisation, specialist knowledge or resources required to enable the child or young person to be successful.

Key features of the Staged Intervention Framework include:

  • an emphasis on inclusion with early intervention in the most effective and least intrusive way;
  • early and meaningful involvement and participation of the pupil and parents in the process; and
  • effective, efficient and equitable targeting of resources.

Support for learners aged 5-18 years is categorised as follows:

Universal support: support delivered by the class teacher through effective differentiation. When appropriate the class teacher will be guided by other professionals in school with particular expertise.

Targeted support: support delivered by the class teacher and other school staff. When appropriate, support will be provided by support services across Education and Children's Services.

Specialist/ Multi-agency support: support delivered by the school and others. This may be short term and help identify effective means of the learner being fully included again. In exceptional cases learners may be supported in another provision.

 

Contacts

If your enquiry relates to your local school please direct your enquiry to:

  • Lesley Stopani
    Service Manager Universal/Targeted
    Additional Support Needs
    Education, Culture and Sport
    Business Hub 13
    Second Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523580
    Email: lstopani@aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

If your enquiry relates to specialist schools or service please direct your enquiry to:

  • Theresa MacVarish
    Service Manager Specialist Provision
    Additional Support Needs
    Education, Culture and Sport
    Business Hub 13
    Second Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523580
    Email: TMacvarish@aberdeencity.gov.uk

If your enquiry relates to our Inclusion Review please direct your enquiry to:

  • Eleanor Sheppard
    Inclusion Implementation Manager
    Additional Support Needs
    Education, Culture and Sport
    Business Hub 13
    Second Floor North
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 01224 523580
    Email: ESheppard@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions