About us

We provide support for children and young people with additional support needs.  You can download a PowerPoint with information about us and what we do here.

Our vision

To strength the capacity of schools, early years providers and partner services to anticipate and meet learners’ needs and to support families playing a key role in the education and well-being of their children and young people with additional support needs.

Our goals

  • To continue to develop and broaden our own staff’s skill set and share the expertise and knowledge across the service to empower them to support and challenge education establishments
  • To work collaboratively with families, partner services, businesses and the wider community to meet the needs of learners and schools
  • To ensure equal opportunities for all
  • To enable learners with additional support needs to achieve their full potential and access positive, meaningful and sustainable destinations
  • To empower our colleagues to meet the needs of their learners with additional support needs

Our teams

You can access all of the services below through your school, your health visitor or a medical professional.

Learning and Wellbeing Team

We provide educational support for school-age children and young people who are experiencing an interrupted education, and those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This support may take place in school or in the community.

Learning, Language and Communication Team

We work with children and young people from birth and throughout their school years who have or are awaiting a diagnosis of a disability. We support families, early years establishments and schools to develop programmes to progress children’s learning and offer advice and support regarding aspects of disability. This includes children and young people whose needs arise from learning disabilities, specific language or communication disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down’s Syndrome.

English as an Additional Language Team

We work in partnership with schools and other professionals to support children and young people who are learning through English as an Additional Language (EAL). We also work in partnership with schools and relevant professionals to support children and young people from Gypsy Roma Traveller families. We use inclusive approaches to ensure that all learners from minority ethnic backgrounds are supported to access the curriculum and to participate fully in school life.

Literacy and Dyslexia Support Team

We work with pupils who have severe literacy difficulties and/or dyslexia, who require support over and above that available in school.

Deaf Support Team

We support children and young people who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment. The team works with schools, other educational establishments and health professionals to offer advice and strategies for supporting deaf learners.

Visiting Teachers of the Visually Impaired

We support children and young people with a visual impairment. We work with schools, other educational establishments and health professionals to offer advice and strategies for teaching visually impaired learners.

Medical Outreach Team

We support children and young people with short and long-term medical conditions. Teaching may be provided in hospital or at home for children and young people too ill to attend school.

Moving and Handling Service

We support schools to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for pupils with manual handling needs. This is achieved through the delivery of training, advice and support for schools and other educational establishments.

ICT ASL

We support learners and professionals within City of Edinburgh schools and Early Years establishments. Our aim is to make learning more accessible through the use of ICT for learners with additional support needs.

ASL School Nurse

The ASL School Nurse supports schools to meet the needs of pupils with a range of medical conditions. This is achieved through the delivery of training, advice and support for schools and other educational establishments.

Resource Team

We adapt resources for visually impaired and deaf learners. We work closely with CALL Scotland to develop and share resources nationally, for example, through Books for All.