Additional Support for Learning

1008882_99197230Additional support for learning means giving children extra help or support so they can get the most out of their education and reach their fullest potential.

A child or young person is said to have ‘additional support needs’ if they need more – or different support – to what is normally provided in schools or pre-schools to children of the same age.

It doesn’t just apply to children who have long-term learning difficulties or disabilities. Children can need support for many reasons. Some may need a lot of support all the way through school. Others will only need a small amount for a short time.

Under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 young people and parents have the right to have a supporter or Advocate present at meetings or discussions with an education authority about the authorities duties under the Act.

Link to Dumfries and Galloway Council website which has further info for parents-



Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy service can support you if you have issues with your child’s education. We can help support you with a number of issues including:

  • If you disagree with what your child’s school is saying/doing
  • If you are having issues with what school your child should go to, we can help at appeal panels
  • Contacting the school or local authority if you have questions to ask and you feel you are unable to ask them
  • Accompanying you to meetings about your child’s behaviour or performance
  • We can accompany you to exclusion meetings, additional support for learning meetings and coordinated support plan meetings
  • We can support you to make an educational complaint
  • Ultimately we help you to have your say
“I really liked my Advocate, she was calm and polite and talked things through with me.”