Complex Additional Support Needs Schools

Meeting the needs of children and young people with Complex Additional Support Needs

There are 19 independent special schools in membership of SCIS and have the ability to innovate and provide choice for parents and pupils. They provide a mixture of residential education, day education and short break services, with schools offering flexible services for children of all ages. These schools deal with children and young people with the most severe and profound difficulties whose needs cannot be met by local authority schools. The Independent Special School sector therefore plays a vital role in meeting the care and education needs of some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children.

Most children and young people in independent special schools have the cost of their care and education met by their Local Authority. Each Local Authority will meet the cost  on the recommendation of its Educational Psychologists and Social Workers if it is agreed that the young person's needs cannot be met adequately elsewhere.

Qualifications offered in Special schools

All independent, special schools in membership of SCIS offer qualifications awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Some also offer additional, specialist qualifications such as ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network), CACPD (Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People) and BSL (British Sign Language).   

Additional Support