Additional Support Needs

As with all local authority schools in Scotland, this school operates under the terms of the Additional Support for Learning Act (2009) and its accompanying Code of Practice:

It provides the following information:

(a) the authority’s policy in relation to provision for additional support needs,

(b) the arrangements made by the authority in making appropriate arrangement for keeping under consideration the additional support needs of each such child and young person and the additional support needs of the children and young persons so identified.

c) the other opportunities available under this Act for the identification of children and young persons who –

a) have additional support needs,

b) require, or would require, a co-ordinated support plan,

c) the role of parents, children and young persons in the arrangements referred to in paragraph (b),

d) the mediation services provided

e) the officer or officers of the authority from whom parents of children having additional support needs, and young persons having such needs, can obtain advice and further information about provision for such needs.

Further details of the policies and procedures can be found on Edinburgh Council website. The Act requires each Education Authority to publish information about the Act. In on the Act, was produced by the City of Edinburgh Council: 

Literacy Difficulties/ Dyslexia

Dyslexia is evident when accurate and fluent word reading and/or spelling develops very incompletely or with great difficulty. This focuses on literacy learning at the ‘word level’ and implies that the problem is severe and persistent despite appropriate learning opportunities.

The Authority also recognises that there may be associated difficulties

•          Reading comprehension

•          Phonological awareness

•          Processing: auditory and/or visual processing of language-based information

•          Short-term and working memory

•          Organisational skills and motor skills

•          Maths

•          Emotional and behavioural difficulties

Support and assessment begins in the classroom. Class teachers and Support for Learning teachers have resources and training to identify this learning difference and to put appropriate support strategies in place. If you have concerns please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. 

The assessment for Dyslexia is a process that involves gathering evidence over time about- reading, spelling, writing, maths, working memory, processing, organisational skills and motor skills. In the first instance we complete the Literacy and Dyslexia Primary Checklist (document used for identifying specific needs) and highlight any areas of concern. Our next step would be to use identified supports and strategies from the checklist to overcome any difficulties.  The checklist is revisited regularly and new areas identified and strategies put into place. You will also ask parent/carers to complete an information sheet as this helps us get any background information we could be missing and lets us build a bigger picture of concerns and areas of need.
A charity which encourages and enables people with dyslexia, regardless of their age and abilities, to reach their potential.

Other Useful Links
Information on Communication and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities.
VOCAL support carers in all family or relationship settings and their services include information, advice and emotional support, training, advocacy, counselling and groupwork.
Family Fund is a charity aiming to support, advise and possibly help with funds for families with severely disabled children.
Provides grants for short breaks for disables children, young people and their families in Scotland.
An organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism.
Provides services, information and practical support to individuals, families and carers affected by autism and living in the Lothians.
Connects and communicates with individuals on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers, and practitioners working in the field of autism.
An advisory charity that aims to raise awareness and offer support to those affected by dyspraxia.
Charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
ASL Website
FABB – Facilitating Access Breaking Barriers
FABB – The Drop In
FABB – Blazing Saddles (accessible bikes)
FEAST Families Edinburgh Additional Support Training