Additional support for learning

Additional support needs

A child or young person is said to have additional support needs if they need more help with their education. 

You can access our additional support for learning services through your school. Please contact them for information.

Download our policy and approach, In On The Act: Information For The General Public, below.

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning.  We have legal duties to help pupils with additional support needs.

Reasons for support

Children or young people may require additional support for a number of reasons. Needs are identified on an individual basis.

Learners may require additional support if they are

  • living with parents who are abusing substances
  • on the child protection register
  • looked after or looked after and accommodated
  • pregnant or a young mum
  • young carers
  • deaf or visually impaired

Or have

  • a disability
  • English as an additional language
  • social, emotional or behavioural needs.

This list is not exhaustive.

How to access support 

If your child is school age, they will be referred to us by their school.

If your child is pre-school age, they will be referred by the health visitor or a medical professional.

You will be consulted before any referral is made.

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