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 schools and local authorities, 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 currently feel positively about the support they receive, with over 28% of young people now being identified with ASL needs*, and the number of trained teachers decreasing**, 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 and schools within your local authority are fully equipped with the right programme to tackle the learning needs of all children.

Attend to develop a multi-agency approach which incorporates your school, local authority and resources available from a number of charities. 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


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

Wallace High School won the Health and Wellbeing Award at the Scottish Education Awards 2018


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 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Developing a Multi-Agency Approach to Champion Inclusive Outcomes

  • Hear from ENABLE Scotland discussing the integral work done with Scottish Government to create legislation which champions an inclusive society
  • Promoting inclusion and integration of students with ASN into a mainstream environment
  • Opening up the dialogue and breaking down barriers to focus on ending discrimination in the mainstream
  • Offering universal and targeted support and delivering individualised learning



Jan Savage

Executive Director, Campaigns & External Affairs, ENABLE Scotland
14:45 - 15:00

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

Founder & CEO, LOVE Scotland
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Martin Dorchester

CEO, Includem

Martin Dorchester became Chief Executive of Includem in March 2018. Previously Martin was the Group Chief Executive of the David…

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Iain Nisbet

Consultant Solicitor, Cairn Legal

Iain is an education law consultant and specialist, with particular expertise and interest in additional support needs law and the…

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Melanie Dunsmore

Pupil Support Leader, Wallace High School

Melanie has been a teacher of PE for 20 years, working in Wallace High School for the last 19. Pupil…

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Cheryl Burnett

Vice Chair, National Parent Forum of Scotland

Cheryl Burnett is Vice Chair of the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS). Cheryl has been involved in parent councils…

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Jan Savage

Director of External Affairs & Strategic Development, ENABLE Scotland

Jan joined ENABLE Scotland in 2013 as a committed campaigner passionate about the rights of people who have a disability…

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Lynn Bell

Founder & CEO, LOVE Scotland

Lynn Bell is the founder and CEO of LOVE. She is wife of Scottish Police Detective, John Bell, and mother…

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Ian Conaghan

Headteacher, St. Gerard's Primary School

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A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

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