Support for learners
We know that some children and young people need extra support to help them overcome barriers in learning. We are committed to providing additional support.
Children may need extra help with their education for a variety of reasons, for example:
- Difficulties with relationships
- Challenges with learning or understanding
- Problems at home
- A sensory impairment or communication disorder
- A physical disability
- Being a young carer or parent
- Moving home frequently
- Having English as an additional language
Every child is different and any support provided should meet their individual needs.
There are lots of ways we can support children, such as:
- 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.
Request an assessment
Parents can request an assessment to see if their child has any additional support needs. You can request an assessment by speaking to your child's school.
The process will vary for each child, but may include classroom observations or discussions with other providers such as speech and language therapists.
Further details about the assessment process is available from the information sheets produced by Chip +.
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 Linda Paterson Mediation Partnership. Further information is available from the independent mediation leaflet.
Independent advice and information
Enquire offers independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning. They also provide a range of clear and easy to read guides for both parents and children.
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.
- Anti Bullying - Guidance for Schools
- Positive Relationships and Bullying Prevention Guidance for Children and Young People - leaflet