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What are Additional Support Needs (ASN)?

What are Additional Support Needs (ASN)?

Many circumstances can have an adverse effect on a child or young person's learning. The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 lists 4 inter-related factors which may individually or collectively impact on a child or young person's ability to learn and make the most of their education:

  • Learning environment
  • Family circumstances
  • Disability or health
  • Social or emotional factors

A child or young person is said to have additional support needs (ASN) if they need more - or different support - to what is normally provided via universal provision in educational establishments to children or young people of the same age.

It does not just apply to children or young people who have long-term learning difficulties or disabilities. Children and young people can need additional support to make the most of their education for many reasons. Some of these reasons may mean that a child or young person will need additional support all the way through their education journey, others will only need additional support for a short period of time.

Information from External Sources

Scottish Government statutory guidance

"Our aspiration for all children and young people in Scotland is that they should be successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society and at work. They are our future and we all have responsibilities to ensure that they are safe, nurtured, healthy, achieving, active, respected and responsible and included".

Ministerial foreword, Supporting Children's Learning, Code of Practice 2005

Clackmannanshire Council is fully committed to this aspiration for all our children and young people, including those who have identified ASN.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 defines additional support needs as applying: "to children and young people who, for whatever reason, require additional support, long or short term, in order to help them make the most of their education".

Supporting Children's Learning, Code of Practice 2010

For Further Information Contact

Educational Support Officer, Education & Schools
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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