All staff within the education service have a responsibility for addressing additional support needs. A child or young person with additional support needs is defined under the terms of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Acts 2004 and 2009.
Children or young people may require additional support for a variety of reasons, either for short periods of time or throughout their education.
Children with additional support needs may include those who:
- have motor or sensory impairments
- are being bullied
- are particularly able or talented
- have experienced a bereavement
- have a learning difficulty
- are living with parents who are abusing substances
- are living with parents who have mental health problems
- have English as a second language
- are not attending school regularly
- have emotional or social difficulties
- are on the child protection register
- are young carers
It is most helpful to discuss any questions, issues or concerns about the provision for additional support needs with the Head Teacher in the first instance. Education Support Officers can also be involved in providing very useful information and support. Contact details for each of the Education Support Officers are listed below.
Helensburgh and Lomond
Alison Currie (temporary cover)
Oban, Lorn and the Isles
If you would like further information in relation to any aspect of meeting additional support needs please contact:
Acting Education Manager – Inclusion and Integration
Colgrain Area Education Office
Enquire is the Scottish Advice Service for additional support for learning and can be contacted on 0345 123 2303.