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What are Additional Support Needs?

What are Additional Support Needs?

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 defines additional support needs as applying

"to children and young people who, for whatever reason, require additional support, long or short term, in order to help them make the most of their education."
(Supporting Children's Learning, Code of Practice).

Many circumstances can have an adverse effect on a child/young person's learning. These are sometimes referred to as 'barriers to learning'.

The Act lists four inter-related factors which may individually or collectively impact on a child or young person's ability to learn:

  • Learning environment;
  • Family circumstances;
  • Disability or health;
  • Social or emotional factors.

There is further information for parents, carers, children and young people via Enquire.

For Further Information Contact

Educational Service
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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