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Additional support for learning

  • Oct 19 / 2014
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Additional support for learning

Getting it Right for Children and Young People in Renfrewshire

We want all our children and young people to be fully supported as they grow and develop. There are 8 areas of wellbeing which they need to progress to do well now and in the future.

Children’s well-being is important at every stage of childhood. Every child needs to be healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected and responsible, and, above all, safe. These are the eight indicators of well-being (SHANARRI) which are set within the ‘four capacities’ which are at the heart of the Curriculum for excellence.


Renfrewshire’s GIRFEC policy ensures that children, young people and their families receive the help they need when they need it. As children and young people progress on their journey through life, some may have temporary difficulties, some may live with challenges and some may experience more complex issues. Sometimes they – and their families – are going to need help and support.


The Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach ensures that when we provide support, it is based on the level of need for each child.


For schools in Renfrewshire the GIRFEC approach is implemented via the getting it Right for every learner policy which gives more detail of additional support needs and help children receive from schools and other services.


For children, young people and their families, the GIRFEC approach will mean:

  • They will feel confident about the help they are getting;
  • They understand what is happening and why;
  • They have been listened to carefully and their wishes have been heard and understood;
  • They are appropriately involved in discussions and decisions that affect them;
  • They can rely on appropriate help being available as soon as possible; and
  • They will have experienced a more streamlined and co-ordinated response from


From August 2014 all children will have a ‘named person’ in line with Scottish government legislation. This person will have access to a range of supports within education services and can seek help from a further range of services and agencies easing the access to appropriate and proportionate help for children, young people and families.


The named person in this establishment for your child will be the Head Teacher.


Education (Additional Support for Learning)(Scotland) Act 2009

The above Act commenced on November 14th 2010 and is a revision of and replaces the 2004 Act of the same name.

Under the Act, children or young people have additional support needs where they are unable to benefit from school education without the provision of additional support.

In the Act, ‘additional support’ means provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children or young people of the same age in a local authority’s schools, or as is appropriate to the circumstances, in early years establishments or any other education provision.The Act aims to ensure that all children or young people are provided with the necessary support to reach their potential.

Extended Support Framework : Getting it right for every learner

This policy operates and is embedded in our Extended Support Framework in Education and Leisure Services. It applies to all mainstream schools, specialist provision, and all early years establishments including partner nurseries.

The Extended Support Framework provides a pathway through universal and targeted services to meet additional support needs. The policy and framework are fully incorporated into the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) model across all learning establishments and provisions.

Further information is available by contacting your school directly or by visiting the www.renfrewshire.gov.uk website.

Independent sources of information and advice nationally include –

Enquire – the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning

Telephone – 0845 123 2303

Email – info@enquire.org.uk

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance Ltd – a national organisation which promotes and supports advocacy

Telephone – 0131 260 5380

Email – enquiry@siaa.org.uk