Additional Support Needs

As with all local authority schools in Scotland, this school operates under the terms of the Additional Support for Learning Act (2009) and its accompanying Code of Practice.

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning. Most, or all, schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind. The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs.

Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act: Information For The General Public, which is published on the education authority website at or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 0131 469 3444.

In on the Act – Supporting children and young people with additional support needs provides the following information specified by the Education (additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 which includes:

(a) the authority’s policy in relation to provision for additional support needs,

(b) the arrangements made by the authority in making appropriate arrangement for keeping under consideration the additional support needs of each such child and young person and the particular additional support needs of the children and young persons so identified.

  1. c) the other opportunities available under this Act for the identification of children and young persons who –
  2. a) have additional support needs,
  3. b) require, or would require, a co-ordinated support plan,
  4. c) the role of parents, children and young persons in the arrangements referred to in paragraph (b),
  5. d) the mediation services provided
  6. e) the officer or officers of the authority from whom parents of children having additional support needs, and young persons having such needs, can obtain advice and further information about provision for such needs.

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

Class teachers work closely with the Support for Learning Teacher to identify and support pupils with additional needs. The Support for Learning Teacher may work alongside the class teacher in the classroom or withdraw children from class to work with them on an individual basis or in small groups. Parents will always be contacted to discuss this before extra support is offered.

Specialist  classes are attached to some schools, including Broughton. These make particular provision for pupils with communication difficulties. These classes support inclusion.

Placements into specialist classes are only made following assessment by the authority and in consultation with the Case Management Review Group.

Parents should contact the class teacher in the first instance if they think their child has an additional support need.

We work with other agencies and professionals – for example, Social Work Services, Educational Psychology Service, National Health Service and you the parent to make decisions with regards to the best possible education to meet the needs of your child within the resources available.

Parents, carers and children with additional support needs can also seek independent advice and support through:

Enquire:, 0845 123 2303
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance,, 0131 260 5380 Take Note: National Advocacy Service for Additional Support Needs (Barnados in association with the Scottish Child Law Centre), 0131 667 6633

Below are links to City of Edinburgh Council booklets, that give information about dyslexia for parents and pupils.

Dyslexia – Information for parents (CEC)

Dyslexia – Information for pupils (CEC)