Event Summary

Additional Support Needs (ASN) remains a prevalent issue for schools across Scotland with recent statistics showing the number of children with ASN has reached a record high of 36.7%. *

Holyrood Insight’s popular Additional Support Needs (ASN) Scotland Conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for improving ASL provision across the country.

Join us this September to hear directly from Sue Webber MSP, Convener of the Education, Children and Young People Committee on the key findings of the recent Additional Support for Learning Inquiry and the implications for ASL provision moving forward.

Our full-day conference will bring together award-winning schools from across Scotland who will share practical insights to help you improve support for all in your setting.

From early identification to long-term support, learn how to adopt a holistic approach to inclusive education. Understand how to embed an effective whole school approach to supporting learners with ASN.

We will spotlight key issues including how to support neurodivergent pupils in the classroom and create accessible learning environments for all. Improve your understanding of neurodiversity and how it can present at school.

You will hear from expert speakers on how to foster strong relationships with parents and utilise their expertise to improve outcomes for every child. Establish effective and clear communication between schools, parents and pupils to promote the key GIRFEC principles.

With growing challenges around mental health in schools, learn how to raise awareness of conditions including anxiety, and develop an effective response to supporting vulnerable learners. Understand the role of external mental health support and how to make work effectively with key partners, including CAMHS.

Bringing together colleagues from across Scotland, don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, collaborate, and strengthen your approach to ASN in your setting.

*Scottish Children’s Services Coalition


Key Points

  • Next steps for improving ASL provision in Scotland following the Additional Support for Learning Inquiry
  • Understanding how to effectively identify pupils with ASN
  • Improving awareness of the different forms of ASN
  • Upholding the rights of children and young people with ASN
  • Fostering strong partnerships with key partners and parents to improve ASL provision
  • Increasing awareness of mental health in schools
  • Empowering and upskilling teachers to improve ASL provision


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