ASN – Definition

Additional Support Needs – A Definition.

The majority of children and young people are able to access the curriculum without the need of additional help other than that which would ordinarily be available in the classroom by the class teacher.  This is known as Universal Support.

A child or young person requiring planned extra support to allow them to better engage in their learning has ‘additional support needs’ and will require some Targeted Support.

A need for additional support does not imply that a child or young person lacks abilities or skills.

Additional support needs can be long or short term and may arise through any of the following:

  • Learning Environment
  • Family Circumstance
  • Disability and Health
  • Social and Emotional Factors
  • Additional support may take a number of forms and come from health, social work or some voluntary organisations as well as from education.

Aberdeen City Council has a policy of Inclusion. Our definition of inclusion is:

“..the process of developing flexible systems to support the needs of all children and young people through collaborative partnership working.”

The main aim of inclusion is to ensure that children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) receive adequate and efficient provision as stated in the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and in line with The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and in line with The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 (the 2009 Act).