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In March 2019, the Scottish Government published new guidance on the extra tools they will be providing to schools and councils to improve outcomes for children with additional support needs. Along with advice on mainstreaming and practical guidance for schools and local authorities, a new Scottish definition for inclusion has been published to reinforce the commitment to “Getting it Right for Every Child”. Following these recent updates, this Providing Additional Support for Learning in Scotland course is ideally timed to drive forward improvements in your area.

While children with additional support needs and their parents do currently feel positively about the support they receive, with over 28% of young people now being identified with ASL needs*, and the number of trained teachers decreasing**, it is critical that education professionals ensure they are able to provide excellent support for every child.

The Programme for Government 2018/19 commits the Scottish Government to take action to secure more positive experiences in schools across the country. This highly interactive, one-day Providing Additional Support for Learning in Scotland course provides you with the opportunity to ensure that your school and schools within your local authority are fully equipped with the right programme to tackle the learning needs of all children.

Attend to develop a multi-agency approach which incorporates your school, local authority and resources available from a number of charities. Hear from best practice case studies on their strategies and build on your current provision to deliver effectual additional support.

*Statistics from “Summary Statistics for Schools 2018 Edition”

**The number of teachers trained to support ASN pupils has fallen from 3,248 in 2012 to just 2,733 in 2019, according to official figures published by the Herald.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn best practice from schools and local authorities that effectively provide additional support for learning
  • Ensure clear communication between teachers and specialist staff by supporting teachers to identify additional learning support needs early
  • Develop a balanced strategy that involves children in decisions about their education and enables them to become successful learners
  • Deliver inclusive outcomes for students by streamlining multi-agency procedures
  • Raise attainment amongst ASL students by developing personalised pathways that are tailored to their specific requirements
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:15

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:15 - 11:00

Additional Support for Learning Law and Policy

  • Revised Scottish Government guidance on the presumption of mainstreaming
  • “Not included, not engaged, not involved” – one year on has anything changed?
  • Case law update: additional support needs and disability
11:00 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Case Study: Enabling All Young People to Benefit from Education

  • Involving and empowering children in making decisions about their education
  • Planning and personalising support for children in the classroom
  • Understand the benefits and implications of mainstreaming
  • How to ensure inclusion of able pupils and opening up the conversation

Wallace High School won the Health and Wellbeing Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2018

12:15 - 12:45

Engaging with Parents Effectively to Deliver Improved Outcomes

  • Learn how to gain buy-in from parents to insure full involvement
  • Develop multiple pathways to create a well-rounded approach to provision
  • Know the importance of effective communication between parents, schools and external agencies
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:15

Developing a Multi-Agency Approach to Champion Inclusive Outcomes

  • Hear from ENABLE Scotland discussing the integral work done with Scottish Government to create legislation which champions an inclusive society
  • Promoting inclusion and integration of students with ASN into a mainstream environment
  • Opening up the dialogue and breaking down barriers to focus on ending discrimination in the mainstream
  • Offering universal and targeted support and delivering individualised learning
14:15 - 14:45

Case Study: Supporting Teachers to Identify Additional Support Needs Early

  • Introduce clear communication streams between specialist staff and classroom teachers
  • Ensure teachers are informed of social, emotional and mental-health (SEMH) and additional learning support (ALS) needs to increase likelihood of early intervention
  • Increase awareness of ‘hidden’ ASN and how best to identify these
  • Involve teachers in the creation of co-ordinated support plans
  • Understanding and incorporating practical intervention methods in the classroom
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Improving Learning Outcomes for All Students with ASN

  • Develop a holistic strategy which involves children, parents and external agencies to overcome barriers
  • Evaluate your current processes and use planning techniques to improve outcomes
  • Take away tools and techniques to raise attainment
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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