Policies, Guidance and Strategies

Please refer to Part 4: Planning documentation for the Word versions of forms attached to the guidance documents below.

Draft guidance documents will be finalised shortly, therefore it is best to download the document as required directly from this website to ensure that you have the most current version.

All CLPL is now sourced through the ALDO website for training and online learning.  Whilst the courses may change over time, this document gives an illustration of the CLPL that may be available.  If you require training that is not listed, please contact the ASN Team at Woodhill House to discuss.

A – E

Subject Document title Content Continuous Life Long Professional Learning
Aberdeenshire Framework for Supporting Pupils with Significant and Complex Needs Aberdeenshire Framework for Supporting Pupils with Significant and Complex Needs Extended Early Level Curriculum Guidance, Progression Framework, Curricular Links and Appendixes to support The Curriculum for children with significant and complex needs Please refer to Community Resource Hubs and Principal Teachers Additional Support for Learning for any training needs
Absence due to prolonged ill health Guidance on Education for Children and Young People Unable to Attend School Due to Prolonged Ill Health Guidance on responsibilities, processes, support and legislation, including useful resources Quality Improvement Offices will advise schools
Accessibility Strategy 2019-21 Accessibility Strategy 2019-21 Aberdeenshire Strategy to support the specific needs of pupils in any Educational establishment Please refer to Accessibility Strategy document.
Administration of Medicines / Healthcare Needs Supporting Children Managing Medicines Educational Establishments The Aberdeenshire policy containing information to support healthcare and medical needs of pupils in any educational establishment Training is provided by NHS Grampian specialist nurses for procedures such as administration of buccal midazolam, rectal diazepam, adrenaline (via Epipen), insulin, use of asthma inhalers etc.
Adopted, Looked After, Kinship Care A Guide for Parents, Carers and Schools working with Children who are Adopted, Looked After in Foster Care or at home in Kinship Care Information to support understanding of life experiences and attachment / attachment difficulties and the impact on children’s behaviors.  Includes suggestions, hints and tips for creating a strong school and family partnership Educational Psychology Service can support with training

Policy on Promoting and Managing Pupil Attendance 2015



Policy detailing principles to improve attendance and its impact on improving attainment  
Guidelines on Managing and Promoting Pupil Attendance in Secondary Schools Guidance on recording, and managing attendance Quality Improvement Officers advise schools
Guidelines on Managing and Promoting Pupil Attendance in Primary and Special Schools Guidance on recording and managing attendance  
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome Guidance for Support Staff


Information on ASD and Asperger Syndrome and ways for staff to support children’s attainment in schools

A range of courses is available to suit all staff. Professional development is offered in a number of ways:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Learning
  • ALDO online learning
  • Aberdeenshire Early Intervention programme provides staff development for teachers of children at Primary 1 and 2 stages. This also gives opportunities to work alongside parents.
  • The Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology Service provides guidance, training and research information to schools.
  • Autism Toolbox
Blended Placements Blended Placements Guidance Information regarding blended placements including Covid-19 specific information Quality Improvement Officers will advise schools
Child’s Voice My Voice Questionnaire


Information and links to a symbols supported questionnaire designed to capture the voice of the child in line with requirements under GIRFEC

Connection to the resource is available through the ASN Team
Co-ordinated Support Plans Co-ordinated Support Plan Book 1 Overview Information about co-ordinated support plans including the criteria, timelines and letters / CSP checklists and pro formas etc. Co-ordinated support plan training is organised annually by Aberdeenshire Council to include NHS Grampian staff and Aberdeenshire Social Work teams. Enrolment is through ALDO
Co-ordinated Support Plan Book 2 Process
Co-ordinated Support Plan Book 3 Writing a CSP


F – J

Subject Document title Content Continuous Life Long Professional Learning
Aberdeenshire Guidance for Head Teachers for requests for a Flexi-Schooling Arrangement

Head Teacher Guidance Parental Requests for Flexi-Schooling

Guidance to support Head Teachers when there is a request for a flexi-schooling arrangement Please seek further guidance from your Quality Improvement Officer
Support Learners from Gypsy/Traveller Communities Support Learners from Gypsy/Traveller Communities Learning about travelling communities in Scotland, Enrolment guidance, Leaving Guidance 1, Notes to support: Primary – Secondary Transition, Partnerships with Families, Leaving Guidance   Advice can be sought via Education Support Officers and the Gypsy Traveller Liaison Officer
Intimate Personal Care

Intimate Personal Care Guidance for Schools, Parents, Children and Young People



Roles and responsibilities, partnership and collaboration, training, best practice and general procedures

Depending upon the nature of the care training is provided by NHS Grampian specialist nurses in procedures such as gastrostomy and catheterisation.

Parents may also advise staff with simple procedures such as washing, dressing and toileting to ensure the child’s wishes are taken into account.

Literacy / Dyslexia Guidelines to Support Literacy Information for supporting children with literacy needs including dyslexia.  Includes school and classroom audit tools.

Aberdeenshire Education and Children’s Services policy development in the field of Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulty has been advised by examples of good practice in Aberdeenshire schools, research undertaken by the Educational Psychology Service along with national guidance such as the “Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit” and “Making Sense: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia in Scotland”.

Opportunities for training are also offered through ALDO and at a local level by school champions

Dyslexia in the Classroom Toolkit
The Whole School Dyslexia Tool
Horse riding Horse Riding (RDA) Guidance Information about obtaining access for pupils to horse riding as part of a more flexible curriculum to meet needs.  Horse riding is provided by the Riding for the Disabled Association. The RDA provide training to staff willing to become ‘lead reins and side walkers’ to assist with pupils accessing horse riding.  Please contact the local RDA group for details.
Individual Education Plans Individual Education Plans Guidance  Guidance for information gathering and writing of individual education plans IEP training is supported by Education Support Officers and through online training on ALDO.
Insurance cover and PVG for private therapists

Insurance Cover and Protection of Vulnerable Groups


Information for head teachers/ SMT to consider in the event of a private therapist accessing a pupil in school.  There is a need to ensure that the therapist has adequate insurance cover and is PVG checked.  This does not apply to therapists from NHS Grampian as partner providers are insured/PVG checked.  
Intervention and Prevention Teachers Guidelines Intervention and Prevention Teachers Guidelines Line Management, Role and Responsibilities, Intervention and Prevention, Referral Process and Exit Strategy Please refer to ALDO or contact the ASN team.


K – O

Subject Document title Content Continuous Life Long Professional Learning
Learning Pathways Plus

Learning Pathway Plus Guidance

Learning Pathway Plus Application Form

Continuation of Learning Pathway Plus Application Form

Criteria and information for consideration of a learning pathway plus for pupils with multi agency involvement at stage 3+ level of intervention when all other interventions have been exhausted and there is a significant risk of the child or young person being placed in an out-of-authority school, out with their home community.

Application forms for new Learning Pathway Plus and for Continuation of Learning Pathway Plus

Advice is available through the Quality Improvement Officer for the school. 

Applications are made to the Principal Educational Psychologist via learningpathwaysplus@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Managing Aberdeenshire’s Enhanced Provision Centres and Community Resource Hubs Managing Aberdeenshire’s Enhanced Provision Centres and Community Resource Hubs Guidelines November 2017 Guidance on GIRFEC, Right Support, Right Place, Right Time, Placements, Curriculum Flexibility, Management of Support in Schools, CLPL Working with Parents and Referral Processes. Community resource hub and enhanced provision centre management group and shared practice opportunities though cluster meetings and ALDO.
Management of Additional Support for Learning Teachers and Pupil Support Assistants Local Management Group Guidelines Guidance on the working of the Local Management Group with regards to staffing and budget allocation within clusters. Quality Improvement Officers will advise schools
MAP, PEEP and Risk Assessment Managing Accessibility Plan, Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan and Risk Assessment Guidance Information to support completion of documentation ensuring a pupil has full access to education, a personal emergency evacuation plan is written if required and risk assessments are in place. Training can be offered by Education Support Officers or Principal Teachers Additional Support for Learning
Motor Skills Working Together to Support Motor Skills  supporting children with motor skills development, includes resources and referrals for specialist assessment and support.  Support may be offered by the Occupational Therapy Service for individual needs.
Moving and Handling Pupil Moving and Handling in Schools Guidance Legislation, definitions, responsibilities, risk assessments, training and general information Training is provided by Aberdeenshire Council Moving and Handling Trainers.  Enrolment is through ALDO
Non Engagement During School Closures  Head Teacher Guidance for Non Engagement During School Closures (Secondary Schools) Guidance for Head Teachers to support a child or young person who is not engaging on online learning during school closures, and the parent or carer remains difficult to contact despite numerous and repeated efforts by school staff Further advice can be sought from Quality Improvement Officer


P – T

  Document title Content Continuous Life Long Professional Learning
Part timetables Pupils not in Full Time Education: Use of Part Timetables Guidance Legislation, best practice, alternative provision, school and parent/carer responsibilities, Seemis recording Quality Improvement Officers advise on the use of part-timetables.
Pupil Support Assistant’s Guidance  Pupil Support Assistants (PSA) Guidance Information on working practices, roles and responsibilities Training available through ALDO
Reflective Toolkit for Enhanced Provision Centres Reflective Toolkit for EPC Guidance and Toolkit with questions Please refer to the Educational Psychology Service
Repeating a Year Guidance Repeating a Year Guidance Information for Head Teachers on how to respond to Parental requests for their child to repeat a school year Quality Improvement Officers and the Educational Psychology service will advise
Review Meetings Guidance for Review Meetings for Children or Young People with Additional Support Needs Guidance on the process including notification, invitation, recording and reporting Quality Improvement Officers may advise schools.
Selective Mutism Selective Mutism Practice Guidelines Information to support teachers and parents to meet the needs of children with selective mutism. The Educational Psychology Service can provide further information and support for staff working with children with selective mutism
Special Dietary Requirements Supporting Children with Special Dietary Requirements Guidance on the procedure for managing special dietary requirements in educational establishments.  Dietary requirements may be a result of additional support needs such as ASD, food allergies/intolerance, religious/cultural requirements and/or medical needs. Advice may be sought via the schools catering service.
SQA Alternative Assessment Arrangements SQA Alternative Assessment Arrangements – Guidance for Aberdeenshire Identification and provision for pupils with Additional Support Needs including EAL Follow links to the SQA website and / or consult with the EAL service
Supporting Transgender Young People in Schools

Guidance for Scottish Schools

Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment 

Quality Impact Assessment

National Guidance on supporting transgender young people in schools Quality Improvement Officers and Educational Psychology service will advise. 
Swimming Swimming for Young People with Additional Support Needs Guidance to schools/parents regarding access to swimming for children with additional support needs as part of a flexible curriculum. Quality Improvement Officers advise schools
Timeout/Seclusion Best Practice in use of Time Out or Seclusion Guidance on use of Timeout/Seclusion including use of quiet rooms, recording and reporting  
Transport of children/young people with Additional Support Needs

The Safe Transport of Children and Young People – Guidance for Schools and Escorts


Information about the safe transport of children and young people with additional support needs to and from school.  Responsibilities of escorts, parents and schools are detailed.

Advice and training can be sought via Education Support Officers, the Pupil Transport Unit and the Passenger Assistant Training Scheme

Other training such as child protection is available through ALDO

The Safe Transport of Children and Young People – Guidance for Parents and Carers


Total Communication Total Communication Policy The Aberdeenshire policy supporting the use of all forms of communication in schools, highlighting the child’s right to communication and including an audit tool for the classroom. Training is available through ALDO.  NHS Grampian offer face-to-face training through a variety of courses, and along with Aberdeenshire council provide online training for staff at different levels of intervention.


U – Z

Subject Document title Content Continuous Life Long Professional Learning