ASN standards / guidelines
For Parents and Practitioners
This framework has been produced to support the ongoing planning and development of quality educational provision for Children and Young People, from birth to 18 years, with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in Shetland.
It has been devised to formalise systems and minimum standards for ASN across both schools and Educational Outreach Services in Shetland.
It comprises practical guidelines for educational staff under 7 headings which relate to ASN provision. These guidelines provide information for staff on what is required to be in place for Additional Support Needs, as a quality standard, within this authority.
Please read the Background to these Standards prior to using the Checklists. This will set them in context.
Specific Standards for Additional Support Needs In Shetland
To support our established educational ASN framework, seven sets of practical guidelines have been written in the form of minimum standard evidence statements. Each cover distinct areas relevant to ASN and can stand alone. These are:
- A Information
- B Identification, Consultation and Request for Involvement (RFI)
- C Assessment and Review
- D Partnership Working
- E Transition and Placement
- F Access to the Curriculum for Excellence
- G Leadership and management
The complete set caters for the full spectrum, varying perspectives and specialist elements of ASN Educational support in Shetland, encompassing:
- ASN provision within schools
- Education Outreach Services (Services to support those pupils whose needs can’t be fully met by existing provision in schools: Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Print-disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Language and Communication Difficulties, Processing Difficulties, Behavioural Support, those requiring a Multisensory Curriculum , those unable to attend school and Pre-School Home Visiting Services)
- Working with Partner Agencies and Parents as part of the GIRFEC Process.
There are separate guidelines/standards/checklists for ‘Schools’ and ‘Outreach Services’ to cater for the different perspectives and to ensure more specialized minimum standards are met. There is, however, some overlap.
Both perspectives of ASN support are considered together in terms of overall structure and development of ASN provision within Education. Both are concerned with educational provision for ASN in its widest sense. Both are concerned with children and young people’s learning and require qualified teachers’ involvement. All ASN Teachers are obliged to undertake ongoing Continued Professional Development relating to ASN and statutory requirements and our local structure will continue to reflect that
The ‘Education Outreach Services (Additional Support Needs)’ work alongside Schools, Parents and Partner Agencies to support ASN across the whole of Shetland as required.
This framework has been written to help all staff meet minimum standards for that process.
How Good Is Our Schools 4 highlights ‘partnership and collaboration as significant features of a highly-effective school and a high-performing learning system.’
All schools and services must also be clear who constitutes the wider multi-agency team which includes the school’s partners beyond Education and Children’s Services.
Fundamental to the development of this framework has been the involvement of Headteachers, Additional Support Needs Teachers, Pupil Support Teachers and centrally-based educational staff in consultation from an early stage. It is also important for future developments to include training in ASN for ASN, class and subject teachers and ongoing involvement of Pupil Support and Headteachers.
Education Scotland - Useful Documents
Active Learning Professional Development
Developing Literacy and Numeracy
Promoting Positive Relationships
Meeting the Needs of Learners
Supporting Children and Young People
Working with Partners