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EDUCATION
(ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR
LEARNING) (SCOTLAND) ACT
2004 & 2009


The Education (Additional Support for Learning)
(Scotland) Act 2004 came into force on 14th
November 2005. This was amended by The Education 
(Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009.

Systems have been improved and modernised for identifying and meeting
the needs of ALL children and young people who may need support with
their learning.

The Scottish Government produced a Code of Practice in 2004 to
accompany the Act which was called Supporting Children's Learning.
It explained the duties on the Highland Council and set out good practice.
This was updated in 2010 to take account of The Education (Additional
Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009.

The 2004 Act introduced a new framework for supporting children and young
people in education and introduced the term Additional Support Needs.

The 2004 Act and the amendments resulting from the 2009 Act have
extended the rights of parents and young people with regard to additional
support needs.

The term Additional Support Needs applies to children or young people
who, for whatever reason, require additional support, long or short
term, in order to make the most of their education.


The Acts do not just cover education. They place a legal obligation on other
agencies to help the Highland Council to support children and young people
with Additional Support Needs.

Parents and young people can request an assessment of their needs
at any time.

The Additional Support Needs of most children and young people will be
identified, and provided for by the systems which all schools have in place
(e.g. Normal Classroom Practice, Differentiation, Staged Approach,
Individualised Educational Programme [IEP] / Child’s Plan).

Some children and young people may require help from other
services/agencies and this will also be co-ordinated through the
Child’s Plan in line with the Highland Practice Model.

A small number of children and young people will have additional support
needs which are/arise from complex or multiple factors, have a significant
adverse affect on their learning, will last for more than a year and require
a significant level of support from more than one agency to benefit from
education. Where this support needs to be co- ordinated a Co-ordinated
Support Plan (CSP) may be considered as part of the Child’s Plan.

The format of the Co-ordinated Support Plan is set by law. Parents can
request that the Education Authority considers whether or not their child
should have a Co- ordinated Support Plan, and that particular assessments
be carried out as part of the process by writing to their local Area Additional
Support Needs Manager. Co-ordinated Support Plans must be formally
reviewed every 12 months.

Sometimes parents/young people are unhappy with a decision made by the
education authority or perhaps about the support arrangements made for
their child. If a local solution cannot be found there are rights for parents and
young people to use mediation and dispute resolution services and to appeal
to independent tribunals. Information regarding these appeal routes can be
found from your school, CHIP+ or by requesting Information Sheet 10
(Working Together and Resolving Disagreements).

AREA ADDITIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS MANAGERS IN HIGHLAND

SOUTH (INVERNESS, NAIRN, BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY):

Area ASN Manager,
The Highland Council Headquarters,
Glenurquhart Road,
Inverness IV3 5NX
Tel: 01463 702074

NORTH (CAITHNESS, SUTHERLAND):
Area ASN Manager,
Drummuie,
Golspie KW10 6TA
Tel: 01408 635338

MID, EASTER ROSS & BLACK ISLE:
Area ASN Manager,
Council Buildings,
Strathpeffer Road,
Dingwall IV15 9QN
Tel: 01349 868603

WEST, WESTER ROSS, SKYE, LOCHALSH & LOCHABER:
Area ASN Manager,
Fingal Centre,
Portree,
Skye IV51 9ET
Tel: 01478 614890

The Pines
Drummond Road,
Inverness
IV2 4NZ

01463 720 030
The.pines@highland.gov.uk