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Additional Support Needs

The Scottish Government and its partners in the Further and Higher education sector in Scotland recognise their responsibilities to support disabled students to participate fully in the academic and social aspects of studying at Scotland's colleges and universities. Information relating to the separate funding support arrangements available to Further and Higher education students can be accessed on the indicated links.

Through the Disabled Students Advisory Group (DSAG) the Scottish Government liaises with a wide range of stakeholders on issues regarding both financial and practical support for students with additional support needs.

Also, the Scottish Government's Partnership Matters framework provides guidance and advice, including case studies, on the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the decision making process for supporting those students who may require a multi-agency approach to their additional support needs while in Further or Higher education.

FE Students with Complex Needs

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council jointly commissioned the BRITE Initiative to undertake a mapping study of the current provision of further education across Scotland for students with profound and complex needs. The published report and a copy of the Scottish Government's response to the report's findings, endorsed by the Scottish Funding Council are available.

This response outlined a number of actions. A feasibility study was carried out by the Scottish Funding Council into regional hubs of specialist provision for students with profound and complex needs. It looked at a number of models and concluded that a 'network of excellence' model was most appropriate. A two year project has begun by Scotland's Colleges - the Profound and Complex Needs project - to build such a network. More information can be found on Colleges Scotland website.

The Scottish Government also commissioned a consortium of BRITE, Scotland's Colleges and Skill Scotland to develop a transitions toolkit which would assist students with profound and complex needs, and their carers, make the transition out of school into college and beyond. This toolkit - Transitions Information and Planning (TRiP) - is now available through the BRITE website.