Placement in mainstream schools

Help ranges from in-class support through to support in specialised settings.

Schools take advice from a range of support services to support children and follow the guidance given by the council and the Scottish Government. Schools always try to support children in the most effective and least intrusive way. The aim is to reduce barriers to participation and increase pupils’ independence.

Deciding on appropriate support
Decisions on the type and level of support required are made between parent(s) and school staff, within review meetings in school. These meetings allow all views to be taken fully into account. Where a specialised setting is required, education service management must be consulted over the decision.

The range of provision

Additional support for pupils

  • Extra attention from teachers
  • Individual planning based on differences in children’s starting points and learning styles
  • Communications systems/specialised equipment/computers and other
  • Support from therapists
  • Small group settings
  • Involving other children to model behaviour and in cooperative learning situations
  • Flexible ways of organising learning
  • Advice and support from educational psychologists
  • Advice and support from specialised teams on communication,autistic spectrum disorders and dyslexia

Pre-school stage

  • Planning the transition from home to nursery or playgroup
  • Child Development Centres
  • Family support from Pre-school Educational Home Visiting Service
  • Pre-school Community Teams
  • Multi-agency Teams
  • Nursery and special schools and classes
  • Planning for transition to pre-school centres and primary schools

Primary school stage

  • Help within mainstream schools and classes (eg pupil support assistants)
  • Within-school supports (eg specialised learning support)
  • Primary behaviour support centres (for pupils who experience social/emotional barriers to learning or are at risk of exclusion)
  • Small-group settings for a part of the pupil’s week
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Multi-agency teams
  • Departments of special education for pupils with more complex needs
  • Advice and consultation for mainstream staff from specialised support services
  • Resource bases for pupils who have speech and language, physical or sensory difficulties
  • Special schools, (for pupils with the most complex needs)
  • Transition planning between primary schools and secondary schools

Secondary school stage

  • Close monitoring by subject staff
  • Departmental planning for individual pupil needs
  • Regular meetings with Guidance Teacher
  • Pupil Support Teams, (Learning Support, Behaviour Support and Departments of Special Education)
  • In-class or small group help from Support for Learning staff
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Specialist Support Services
  • Off-Campus behaviour Support Centres
  • Alternative Day Centres (small group support for pupils who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties)
  • Joint programmes between further education and school
  • Post-school transition planning to employment, training and further/higher education
  • Multi-agency Teams


Support for Learners Service
Tel: 03451 555 555 ext 444208 Contact Support for Learners Service online
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