Additional support for learning

We know that some children and young people need extra support to help them overcome barriers in learning. 

Barriers include:

  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Challenges with learning or understanding
  • Problems at home
  • Bullying
  • A sensory impairment or communication disorder
  • A physical disability
  • Being a young carer or parent
  • Moving home frequently
  • Having English as an additional language

Ways we can help children:

  • Time with additional support needs staff
  • Adapting the way they are taught
  • Assistance from Educational Psychologists and Speech and Language Therapists
  • Equipment, such as a laptop or special seating
  • Strategies, like using nurture rooms

We also provide a range of specialist services to help children and young people with additional support needs.

Ask for an assessment

If you are a parent, you can ask for an assessment to see if your child has any additional support needs. You should speak to your child's school about this.

This may include classroom observations or discussions with other professionals such as speech and language therapists.

Find out about assessments from Chip+

Resolving disagreements

If we have made a decision about your child's additional support needs that you don't agree with, please contact us and we will talk with you about your concerns.

If you feel that you cannot reach an agreement with us you have the right to request mediation. This is free and given independently by Email 

Further information is available from the independent mediation leaflet.

Chip+ offers information, support and advice to the families and carers of children and young with additional support needs, and to professionals who work with them.

Gaelic medium

Resources and training materials in Gaelic

New Rights for Children with Additional Support Needs

New Rights for Children with Additional Support Needs