Additional Support Needs

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Additional Support Needs jurisdiction


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


The Equality Act 2010 (the 2010 Act) provides the right to make a claim (appeal) to the ASN Tribunal in respect of disability discrimination relating to pupils in school education.  Claims may be made by the parent, the young person or the child (where the child has the capacity to make the claim).




Tribunal Members


A tribunal will ordinarily be made up of one legal member, who has a minimum of 5 years experience and two ordinary members who have specialist knowledge of children with additional support needs.  Occasionally, a legal member will sit alone in specified types of cases.

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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.

Recent Decisions

The decisions database has now been updated, and a new 'keywords' filter has been added. Using this filter will search the text of every decision published and list results that include the term you search for. Please note if you are searching for a term containing more than one word, you should enclose your search term in quotation marks, to ensure the most relevant results are listed.

For example, if the search term was Co-ordinated support plan, and was not within quotation marks, the system would search for all results with the word Co-ordinated first, followed by all the results for each of the next two terms. Using quotation marks to search for "Co-ordinated support plan" would ensure you only see the results where the entire phrase is found in that exact order.

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