What to do if your child needs additional support

All Angus schools support pupils who have additional support needs.

If you have any questions about your child's progress or well-being at school, you should discuss these first with the class teacher or head teacher in primary school, or the pupil care and support teacher in secondary school.

Contact your child's school directly to arrange an appointment.


You and your child have the right to ask us to establish if they have additional support needs.

You can arrange an assessment privately and ask us to take the assessment report into account.

Requests describing the type of assessment, and why it is necessary, should be made in writing to:


You and your child have the right to:

independent mediation services

This service is free and involves an independent third party who helps to resolve disagreements between education authority and parents or young people. For local independent mediation contact info@commongroundmediation.co.uk.

independent advocacy

Let’s Talk ASN offers independent professional or legal advocacy to families and young people who have grounds to make a referral to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal Scotland. For more information email letstalkasn@edlaw.org.uk.

free dispute resolution

Some disagreements, such as about the assessment of additional support needs or the level of support, can be referred for written review by an adjudicator independent of the council. Requests for dispute resolution should be made to the People Directorate, Angus House, Forfar DD8 1AE email childrenandlearning@angus.gov.uk.

refer to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal Scotland

Parents and young people can appeal to the ASNTS about decisions involving a co-ordinated support plan. For more information visit the ASNTS website. A new national advocacy service provides advice to parents and young people about grounds for a referral. For more information visit Barnardos website.

Other sources of help and advice

Independent advice and information is available from the Enquire website, the Scottish advice service for additional support needs.

The Govan Law Centre Education Law Unit works in partnership to support pupils' and parents' rights in education.

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance safeguards people who are vulnerable.