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How are Additional Support Needs identified and met?

How are Additional Support Needs identified and met?

Assessment, intervention and monitoring take place as a natural part of good learning and teaching in nursery or at school. With effective teaching and an appropriate curriculum most children are able to benefit from education without the need for additional support. However some children require support which is additional to or different from the education provided to their peers.

The additional support needs of all children and young persons in Clackmannanshire are addressed through the Staged Intervention process.

Staged Intervention

A Staged Intervention process is the vehicle used to support the learning and development of children and young people. It provides a framework for schools to identify, assess and meet the Additional Support Needs of pupils.

The process provides the authority with the information required to report to the Scottish Government, and to allocate resources equitably and transparently.

The Staged Intervention procedure is underpinned by legislation and ensures that the duty to identify and address additional support needs in accordance with the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 is met.

Community Early Assessment Team (CEAT)

It is important for children's additional support needs to be identified as early as possible so that appropriate support can be put in place. This can prevent further difficulties developing later on and maximise learning opportunities.

Clackmannanshire Council together with Forth Valley NHS have developed a cohesive, multi-disciplinary assessment process for very young children suspected of having a disability.

The Community Early Assessment Team (CEAT) aims to offer a co-ordinated assessment and clear proposals for intervention and support:

  • Referrals are made to CEAT by those directly involved with pre-school children e.g. parents, Health Visitors, nursery or playgroup staff;
  • Each referral is considered by a co-ordinating team consisting of a representative from Social Services' Speech and Language Therapist, Consultant Paediatrician, Psychologist and Paediatric Occupational Therapist. This group decides which professionals will be involved if assessment is to be undertaken. In addition, where indicated, children have vision and hearing assessments carried out by Community Paediatricians;
  • Each assessment is carried out during an 8 week period;
  • At the assessment meeting a full discussion of reports and proposed measures to meet the child's needs takes place. Each professional involved will discuss their assessment with the parents;
  • A plan of action and copies of reports are distributed to parents and involved professionals and a core-worker is identified;
  • The service also employs a co-ordinator who is located within the Psychological Service.

The Psychological Service

The Psychological Service provides consultation, advice and support to a wide range of agencies making provision for children and young people as well as directly to children, young people and families.

Educational Psychologists have specialist skills and knowledge in child development and assessment. They visit all schools, including nursery schools and classes, and the Family Centres and work in the children's own homes.

All psychologists provide a number of services including consultation, assessment, intervention, research and training. They work closely with families and other professionals in education, social work and health.

Contact with the service usually happens through the Staged Intervention process although parents or young people can make direct contact for a consultation.

For further information please see the Psychological Service section on this site.

Child Care service

Our Child Care service provides a range of services to children, young people and their families. These services are provided either directly by Child Care staff or in partnership with other services and agencies - Police, Education, Health, and voluntary agencies. This is carried out within the framework of Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) practice model.

Child Care staff are involved in providing assessments of children in need and in either directly providing services, which meet that need, or in commissioning these services from other providers.

For Further Information Contact

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