Created on: 10 Mar 2022

The pandemic has increased the already high level of demand for additional support needs provision, and an increasing complexity and range of additional support needs; ASN establishments often the front-line in terms of supporting students.

 The EIS demands:

  •  Proper resourcing to fill the gap between the promise of ASL legislation and the reality of ASN provision

  • Increased specialist staffing in both ASN settings and mainstream, and appropriate professional learning opportunities for all teachers to better meet the needs of pupils with additional support needs

  • Urgent enhancement of specialist support for the rising numbers of children and young people who are struggling with their mental health

  • Coherent adoption of Trauma Informed Practice in terms of policy, professional learning, and increased staffing to support it.