In March 2019, the Scottish Government published new guidance on the extra tools they will be providing to schools and councils to improve outcomes for children with additional support needs. Along with advice on mainstreaming and practical guidance for teachers in schools, a new Scottish definition for inclusion has been published to reinforce the commitment to “Getting it Right for Every Child”. Following these recent updates, this Providing Additional Support for Learning in Scotland course is ideally timed to drive forward improvements in your area.

While children with additional support needs and their parents do feel positively about the support they currently receive, with over 28% of young people now being identified with ASL needs*, and the number of trained teachers decreasing since 2012**, it is critical that education professionals ensure they are able to provide excellent support for every child.

The Programme for Government 2018/19 commits the Scottish Government to take action to secure more positive experiences in schools across the country. This highly interactive, one-day Providing Additional Support for Learning in Scotland course provides you with the opportunity to ensure that your school is fully equipped with the right programme to tackle the learning needs of all children.

Attend to develop a multi-agency approach to ASL in schools, hear from best practice case studies on their strategies and build on your current provision to deliver effectual additional support.

*Statistics from “Summary Statistics for Schools 2018 Edition”

**The number of teachers trained to support ASN pupils has fallen from 3,248 in 2012 to just 2,733 in 2019, according to official figures published by the Herald.

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives


Fiona Anderson

Headteacher, Head of Muir Primary School
Fellow, Scottish Council for Educational Leadership
10:00 - 10:45

Additional Support for Learning Law and Policy

  • Revised Scottish Government guidance on the presumption of mainstreaming
  • “Not included, not engaged, not involved” – one year on has anything changed?
  • Case law update: additional support needs and disability


Iain Nisbet

Consultant Solicitor, Cairn Legal
10:45 - 11:30

Case Study: Supporting Teachers to Identify Additional Support Needs Early

  • Introduce clear communication streams between specialist staff and classroom teachers
  • Ensure teachers are informed of social, emotional and mental-health (SEMH) and additional learning support (ALS) needs to increase likelihood of early intervention
  • Increase awareness of ‘hidden’ ASN and how best to identify these
  • Involve teachers in the creation of co-ordinated support plans
  • Understanding and incorporating practical intervention methods in the classroom



Ian Conaghan

Headteacher, St. Gerard’s Primary School
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Case Study: Enabling All Young People to Benefit from Education

  • Involving and empowering children in making decisions about their education
  • Planning and personalising support for children in the classroom
  • Understand the benefits and implications of mainstreaming
  • How to ensure inclusion of able pupils and opening up the conversation


Melanie Dunsmore

Pupil Support Leader, Wallace High School
12:30 - 13:00

Engaging with Parents Effectively to Deliver Improved Outcomes

  • Learn how to gain buy-in from parents to insure full involvement
  • Develop multiple pathways to create a well-rounded approach to provision
  • Know the importance of effective communication between parents, schools and external agencies


Cheryl Burnett

Vice Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Developing a Multi-Agency Approach to Deliver Inclusive Outcomes

  • Promoting inclusion and integrating students with ASN into a mainstream environment
  • Pool resources between schools, local authorities and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to deliver cost-effective outcomes
  • Embed streamlined processes to reduce bureaucracy and accelerate the gaining on specialist support
  • Offering universal and targeted support and delivering individualised learning



Ailsa McLeod

Stirling Council
14:30 - 14:45

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Improving Learning Outcomes for All Students with ASN

  • Develop a holistic strategy which involves children, parents and external agencies to overcome barriers
  • Evaluate your current processes and use planning techniques to improve outcomes
  • Take away tools and techniques to raise attainment



Lynn Bell

CEO, LOVE Scotland
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

SallyAnn Kelly

Chief Executive, Aberlour

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Aisling Boyle

Headteacher, Sanderson High School

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Central Edinburgh

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