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Supporting Children's Learning Code of Practice (Revised edition)

DescriptionStatutory Guidance relating to the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 12, 2010


ISBN 978 0 7559 9470 0

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DPPAS 10338


Ministerial foreword



Chapter 1 Summary of the Additional Support for Learning Act
Functions and duties of education authorities
Powers of education authorities
Appropriate agencies
Rights of parents and young people

Chapter 2 Additional support needs
Legal definition of additional support needs
Benefit from school education
Looked after children and young people
What is meant by additional support?
Factors giving rise to additional support needs

Chapter 3 Meeting additional support needs
Curriculum for Excellence
Getting it right for every child
Values and principles of assessment, planning, action and review
Inter-agency co-operation
Duties on appropriate agencies
Assessment, planning, action and review
Children and young people for whose school education the education authority are responsible
Children and young people for whose school education the education authority are not responsible
Making provision
Planning: educational plans
Planning: agencies outwith education
Monitoring and review

Chapter 4 School attendance: rights, responsibilities and placing requests
Parents providing education
The home education authority: arrangements with another education authority
The home education authority: arrangements with grant-aided and independent special schools
Placing requests to a host education authority
Placing requests to the home education authority

Chapter 5 Co-ordinated support plan
Applying the criteria for a co-ordinated support plan
Seeking and taking account of views and providing information
Requesting an assessment
Preparing a co-ordinated support plan
What does a co-ordinated support plan contain?
Review of the co-ordinated support plan
Custody, transfer, disclosure, discontinuance, preservation and destruction of the co-ordinated support plan
Getting it right for every child and the co-ordinated support plan

Chapter 6 Transitions
Planning for changes in school education
Preparing for adulthood
Monitoring and review
Mediation and dispute resolution

Chapter 7 Working with children and families
Views of children and young people
Good practice in communicating with children and young people
Supporting parents
Supporters and advocacy

Chapter 8 Resolving disagreements
Resolving disagreements through the school and local authority
Dispute resolution
Additional Support Needs Tribunals
Further recourse

Chapter 9 General provisions
Placing requests
Publishing information
Requests under the Act
Collection of data on additional support needs
Information about additional support needs

Annex A Links to other legislation, policies and guidance
Annex B Co-ordinated support plan template
Annex C Making decisions about whether or not the additional support required is significant
Annex D Features of mediation
Annex E Practice Matrix: allied health professionals and education working in partnership