Renfrewshire Council

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What is an additional support need?

An additional support need is any additional need that a pupil may have, such as:

  • A disability or health issue such as autism, hearing or visual impairment
  • Family circumstances such as bereavement or homelessness
  • The learning environment, for example, having English as a second language
  • Social or emotional issues such as being bullied or being a bully.

Most children with significant additional support needs will be supported through a Pupil Support Plan (PSP).

A small number of pupils with very significant additional support needs will have a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) which will say how agencies will work together to support a pupil.

The CSP and PSP will both say what support will be given to a pupil and what educational outcomes can be expected.

What is the Additional Support Needs (ASN) Provision Review?

We want to provide the best possible education and support for children and young people with additional support needs within their community.

Research shows that children and young people have better outcomes when they remain in their local community.

This is the biggest review of our ASN provision for more than 20 years. Since it began, we have consulted with more than 400 teachers and support staff involved in the delivery of ASN provision and engaged with more than 400 parents and carers of children and young people with ASN in our specialist bases and mainstream schools.

The review considers how we can continue to support children and young people with ASN who attend specialist bases while also providing enhanced ASN provision in our mainstream schools through sharing of specialist knowledge and training.

A new locality model is being explored that would enable decisions on resources to be made locally within one of three areas, while also having central support.

We have already begun to make improvements that will support children, young people and staff to provide the best ASN service possible, but we will only make significant changes when we have an approved model.

Children and young people who are currently supported at specialist bases will continue to be supported in this way when a new model is implemented. There are no plans to close bases.

What stage is the ASN Review currently at?

We have currently paused the ASN review while we respond to the Coronavirus crisis. This is an unprecedented situation and we are unable to make any progress on the review while our staff are working hard to support families and communities, often in very different ways.

Your views are important to us and we would like to thank the 400+ parents and carers who took part in our parental engagement sessions.

There is no decision on when we will restart the review, however our priority will always be the health and wellbeing of your child.

We will keep you updated with further information on returning to school when we have it. Thank you for your patience and support during this time.

Where can I find additional support?

Enquire offers independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning. You can call their helpline on 0845 123 2303 or email