Health and well-being

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 was amended in 2009. The 2009 Act strengthens the duties placed on us to identify and meet the additional support needs of children and young people. We continue to do this through the Staged Intervention process. The Act also strengthens the rights of parents, carers and young people.


More information on The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 is provided by Enquire – the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.

Operated by Children in Scotland, Enquire offers independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning through an e-mail enquiry service and a telephone helpline - 0845 123230.

Enquire also provide a range of clear and easy to read guides and factsheets explaining everything from ‘additional support in the early years’ to ‘what planning should take place for moving on from school’.

We are committed to working in partnership with all parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs and seeking their views on all aspects of the support provided in educational establishments. We encourage parents to contact the school/establishment in the first instance if there are any queries or concerns, and we will always try to resolve any difficulties as soon as possible.

Parent Network Scotland can support you to develop your own ability to bring up confident, happy and co-operative children. 

Further information on how support for learning is organised is available by contacting either the school, or the ASN team at Municipal Buildings, tel. 01786 233212. 

We have published various leaflets which you may find useful

Our Guide to Additional Support aims to explain what measures are in place to support children and young people who require additional help with their learning for any reason.

A Guide to Enhanced Transition for Leaving School aims to explain what measures are in place to support young people who have additional needs to move on from school.

One of the ways that parents and carers can support their child's education is by going to meetings. Our guide aims to explain more about meetings and who attends them.

The Community Early Assessment Team (CEAT) is made up of representatives from health, education and social work. They provide a co-ordinated approach to identification and assessment of the needs of children under school age who may have complex developmental needs. 

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