Making a reference

The Additional Support Needs jurisdiction (the ASN Tribunal) hears references (appeals) from parents and young people against decisions of education authorities regarding the provision of educational support under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (the 2004 Act).  Children aged between 12 and 15 years who have capacity to make a reference (and where their wellbeing will not be adversely affected) can also make two types of references:

• A reference in relation to a co-ordinated support plan (CSP)
• A reference appealing against the education authority’s assessment of the child’s capacity or wellbeing.


CSPs are now prepared for children with additional support needs:

• arising from complex or multiple factors;
• requiring a range of support from different services; and
• enduring for one year or more

The ASN Tribunal hears references involving children and young people who either have, or are potentially entitled to have, a co-ordinated support plan.

The ASN Tribunal will also hear references about placing requests as well as failures to meet duties regarding post school transitions.

Needs to Learn

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If you're 12 to 15, have additional support needs and want to make a change to your school education, then yes you are.