A child or young person is said to have 'additional support needs' if they need more – or different support – to what is normally provided in schools or pre-schools to children of the same age.
It doesn't just apply to children who have long-term learning difficulties or disabilities. Children can need support for many reasons. Some may need a lot of support all the way through school. Others will only need a small amount for a short time.
A series of leaflets has been produced to explain various aspects of additional support for your child.
The first point of contact for all help and advice is the Head Teacher at the school attended by your child. The Head Teacher will be able to provide information related to your child's learning and teaching and should be able to answer any questions you may have.
The head of the school may also be able to direct you to other support or services which may help you and your child.