addi tional
Version 2 May 2018 1
Introduction
This form is available in larger font and in other languages.
The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 gives parents,
young people (aged 16 or above who remain in school education) and (in certain
circumstances) children aged between 12 and 15 years the right to make an appeal
to the Additional Support Needs part of the Health and Education Chamber of the
First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (we call this the "Tribunal" in this form). Appeals can
be made about certain decisions made by the Education Authority. These appeals
are called references. This form is your reference to the Tribunal.
Page 10 of this form list the types of decision the Tribunal can deal with.
If you are a young person making your own reference you should respond to
questions about ‘your child’ as being questions about you.
If you are making a reference for a child or young person, the term ‘parent’ takes
the meaning which is set out in Section 135(1) of the Education (Scotland) Act. A
‘parent’ could include:
a guardian;
anyone who has care of the child or young person;
anyone who is liable to maintain the child or young person; or
anyone who has parental responsibilities for the child or young person.
To help us:
We need to know what decision or problem you are making a reference about.
It is possible that your reference is about a failure to act by the Education
Authority. In such cases there may not be something in writing about that alleged
failure. You may have a valid reference in such cases, depending on the
circumstances.
Your reference may have been prompted by a decision or step taken by the
Education Authority and which has been confirmed by the Education Authority in
writing. If that is the case, please enclose that written material (or a copy of it) with
this reference form.
Version 2 May 2018 2
To help you:
There is information on our website at:
https://www.healthandeducationchamber.scot/additional-support-
needs/publications/information-notes
If you don’t have access to the internet, call us on 0141 302 5860 and a copy of
the information notes can be sent to you.
When you have completed the form please send to:
Additional Support Needs
Health and Education Chamber
First-tier Tribunal for Scotland
Glasgow Tribunals Centre
20 York Street
Glasgow
G2 8GT
Please do not delay, as a reference should be received within 2 months of the
Education Authority’s decision or the issue arising. If it has been longer than 2
months, please give as full an explanation as possible as references may be
accepted beyond the normal time limit if there is good reason for the delay.
Version 2 May 2018 3
Section 1
This is a notice of reference to the Tribunal under section 18(1) of the Education
(Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended.
If you are a child aged between 12 and 15 years, you can complete your own form,
which you can access here:
https://www.healthandeducationchamber.scot/needstolearn/make-reference
I am (please tick)
a parent of a child with additional support needs
a young person (16 years or above) with additional support needs
a parent of a young person with additional support needs who lacks
capacity to make their own reference.
Contact details
A: You (parent or young person making your own reference)
Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other:
Surname:
First name(s):
Relationship to Child (if applicable):
Address:
Town:
Postcode:
Telephone:
Mobile:
Email:
Fax:
Version 2 May 2018 4
I give my permission to send correspondence by fax/ email.
Yes
No
Please note, for Data Protection purposes any case sensitive information can only
be released to a secure email address. If you do not have a secure email address
then all case sensitive information will be sent by post.
Signature:
Please provide the names and addresses of both parents of the child or young
person below.
Name:
Address:
Relationship to Child/Young Person (if applicable)
Name:
Address:
Relationship to Child/Young Person (if applicable)
Please provide the name of the child or young person who lacks capacity [to be
completed only where a parent is making a reference on behalf of a child or young
person]
Surname:
First Name(s):
Date of Birth:
Male/Female:
Version 2 May 2018 5
Is the child or young person looked after by a local authority (within the meaning of
section 17(6) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995)?
Yes
No
Why does the child have additional support needs? (e.g. has a visual impairment, is a
carer, is looked after, has an autistic spectrum disorder, has social, emotional or
behavioral difficulties).
Has there already been a reference to this Tribunal or to the Additional Support
Needs Tribunal for Scotland about you/ the child/the young person?
Yes
No
If yes, please provide the reference number (if known)
Have you used a mediation service to try to resolve the issue you are making this
reference about?
Yes
No
Version 2 May 2018 6
Section 2 - Communication and other support needs
We will do our best to meet any communication or support needs you may have; there
will be no cost to you.
For instance, if you need our correspondence translated or in a larger font, please let
us know. Please do so by explaining any communication or support needs you require
for this reference in the box below.
Version 2 May 2018 7
Section 3 - Your representative (if you have one)
You have the right to have someone act as your representative when you make a
reference. It could be someone who is experienced in representing at Tribunals or
who is legally qualified. The services of an advocate to represent you can be made
available on request and free of charge in Tribunal proceedings. Advocacy in this
context means a service that another person provides to you by making
representations to the Tribunal or any other persons involved in the proceedings.
Let’s talk ASN Scotland is a free service for the parents of children with additional
support needs who may require support in relation to a dispute or potential dispute
with an education authority. The service also covers young people (aged 16 or 17
years) with additional support needs themselves. Let’s Talk ASN Scotland is a joint
initiative of Govan Law Centre and Barnardo's. It is funded by the Scottish
Government.
The service can be used by anyone who has the right to make a reference to the
ASN jurisdiction. The Let’s Talk ASN Scotland service offers specialist independent
advocacy throughout the process, and all cases are supervised by an experienced
education law solicitor.
Let's Talk ASN Scotland - Telephone: 0141 445 1955; Email: advice@edlaw.org.uk
If you decide to make a reference without a representative, the Tribunal will help you
to present your case.
If you name a representative, you should be aware that all our letters and
correspondence will normally be sent only to them.
If you send your reference without naming a representative but later change your
mind, a representative can be added at any time before the hearing but you must
write and confirm. Also, if you change your representative, you must write to us with
the details as soon as possible.
Version 2 May 2018 8
Representative’s details
Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other:
Surname:
First name(s):
Company or Organisation:
Profession
Legal Non-Legal
Address:
Town:
Postcode:
Telephone:
Mobile:
Email:
Fax:
In addition to a Representative you are entitled to have someone attend any
hearing to support you. This could be someone from a support group or a friend who
knows what your child's additional support needs are and how they affect you and
your family. Any supporter will not be able to take any active part in the hearing.
Enquire, the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning, can
provide details of support and advocacy groups in your area. You can
contact them on: 0345 123 2303 or www.enquire.org.uk
Version 2 May 2018 9
Independent Advocate (for young person)
If you are a young person and you have an independent advocate please provide
details:
Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms/Other:
Surname:
First name(s):
Company or Organisation:
Profession
Address:
Town:
Postcode:
Telephone:
Mobile:
Email:
Fax:
Version 2 May 2018 10
Section 4 About my Reference: Parent or Young Person
A: Education Authority
Which Education Authority has made the decision you disagree with or failed to
make a decision which you expected?
Education Authority
Address:
Town
Postcode
Telephone
Education Officer’s Name
Education Officer’s Email
B: The decision you disagree with
Placing requests:
The Education Authority wrote to me on
Date:
refusing my placing request for:
a school in the home authority (the authority where the child or young
person resides)
a school in the host authority (the authority where the school which
the child or young person wishes to attend is located)
an independent school or a grant-aided school
Version 2 May 2018 11
I made a placing request on
Date:
and I have not had a reply (This is only valid within a specified time
frame
1
).
If the school named in the placing request is not a special school, please tick if one
of the following applied on the date that the placing request was refused (or the
deemed refusal date; see below):
a Co-ordinated Support Plan was in place for my child; or
the Education Authority has decided a Co-ordinated Support Plan was
required and was in the process of preparing one; or
the Education Authority has not prepared a Co-ordinated Support Plan but
has informed me that they are proposing to establish if one is needed; or
I had a reference at ASNTS about the Education Authority’s refusal to open a
plan for my child.
Please give the name and address of the school you have specified in your placing
request.
School Name:
Address:
Postcode:
If this is an independent or grant-aided school please enclose a letter from
the school stating that it has a place for your child and that it considers itself
able to meet your child’s needs.
1
If you made a placing request on or before 15 March for your child to start at your specified school on the
first day of term in the next school year AND you have not had a reply by 30 April that placing request is
'deemed' to have been refused. For a placing request at any other point in the school year, if you have not
had reply to your placing request within 2 months, it is deemed to have been refused.
Version 2 May 2018 12
Co-ordinated Support Plan:
Does the child have a Co-ordinated Support Plan?
Yes
No
If yes, what is the date on the CSP (the latest one if there is more than one)?
If yes, is any other Education Authority involved (other than the one you mentioned
earlier)? If so, please state.
Please enclose the most recent copy of the Co-ordinated Support Plan with
your reference.
Co - ordinated Support Plan Assessment
I asked the Education Authority on (date)
to assess if my child had additional support needs which would require a Co-
ordinated Support Plan and:
I have not had a reply.
the Education Authority told me on (date) that it will not
comply with my request.
the Education Authority told me on (date) that my child
needs a co-ordinated support plan but I have not received it yet.
The Education Authority normally has 16 weeks from the date you ask for your
child to be assessed to either tell you that a Co-ordinated Support Plan will not
to be opened or to issue a Co-ordinated Support Plan.
The need for a Co-ordinated Support Plan:
The Education Authority has told me that my child does need a Co-
ordinated Support Plan. I disagree.
The Education Authority has told me that my child does not need a Co-
ordinated Support Plan. I disagree.
Version 2 May 2018 13
The contents of the Co-ordinated Support Plan:
Please tick whatever box(es) in this section apply and give us as much
detail about why you disagree in Section 6.
I disagree with what is written in my child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan
about:
the factors from which additional support needs arise;
the educational objectives that have been set taking account of
these factors;
the type of support proposed to help meet these objectives;
the person or agency who will provide that support.
Co - ordinated Support Plan: Provision of additional support:
The Education Authority has failed to make arrangements for the provision
of the additional support that is included in my child’s Co-ordinated Support
Plan.
Reviewing the Co-ordinated Support Plan:
The Education Authority has reviewed my child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan
and decided a plan is still required. I disagree.
The Education Authority has reviewed my child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan
and decided a plan is no longer required. I disagree.
It has been more than 12 months since my child’s Co-ordinated Support
Plan was opened/reviewed and the Education Authority has not started to
review it.
The Education Authority had started to review my child’s Co-ordinated
Support Plan but has not completed that review within the timescales
allowed (normally 12 weeks for the process).
Date review due:
Date review started:
It has been less than 12 months since my child’s Co-ordinated Support Plan
was reviewed but I wrote on (date)
informing the authority that there had been a significant change in the
additional support needs and I asked for an early review. The authority has
refused my request. I disagree.
Please provide as much detail as you can in Section 6.
Version 2 May 2018 14
Transitions:
The Education Authority has failed to meet its duties regarding post school
transitions and has not:
provided appropriate agencies with information about my child’s additional
support needs and leaving date at least 6 months beforehand;
considered what provision is needed for my child on ceasing school
education other than provisions relating to school education;
taken account of information provided by me or my child;
contacted the appropriate agencies for information regarding additional
support needs for my child in relation to his/her intended destination at
least 12 months before my child has left school.
Other Appeals
Do you have an appeal (which has not yet been decided) at the
Education Appeals Committee?
Yes
No
Do you have an appeal (which has not yet been decided) at the
Sheriff Court?
Yes
No
Version 2 May 2018 15
Section 5
Parent exercising certain rights on behalf of a child aged 12-15 years
In certain circumstances, a parent of a child may exercise a right which a
child aged 12-15 years has.
These rights relate to challenging:
a)
A decision by an Education Authority about the capacity of a child aged
12 to 15 years to do something (or have something done in relation to
him/her); and
b)
A decision by an Education Authority about the wellbeing of a child aged
12 to 15 years should he/she do something or have something done in
relation to him/her
If you wish to make a capacity or wellbeing reference, please complete this section.
A: Decisions about ability (capacity) to do something
The Education Authority has made a decision about the child's ability
(capacity) to make a decision about educational needs and I
disagree with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with, and
why you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible please refer
to the relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
Version 2 May 2018 16
The Education Authority has made a decision about the child’s ability
(capacity) to understand something about a Co-ordinated Support Plan and
I disagree with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with and why
you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
The Education Authority has made a decision about the child's ability
(capacity) to perform an act about educational needs and I disagree
with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with and why
you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible, please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
Version 2 May 2018 17
The Education Authority has made a decision about the child's ability
(capacity) to express a view about educational needs and I disagree
with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with and why
you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible, please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
B: Decisions about wellbeing
The Education Authority has decided that the child's wellbeing would be
negatively (adversely) affected by the child doing something and I
disagree with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with and why
you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
Version 2 May 2018 18
The Education Authority has decided that the child's wellbeing would be
negatively (adversely) affected by something being done to the child and
I disagree with that decision.
In the box below, please explain the decision which you disagree with and why
you disagree with it. Although not essential, where possible please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
C: Other Decisions, Acts or Failure
If having considered the above options (in A and B) you are not sure
which applies, please explain the decision, act or failure you wish
to challenge and why. Although not essential, where possible please refer to the
relevant provision of the 2004 Act.
Please now go straight to Section 6 and complete sections 6, 7 and 8.
Version 2 May 2018 19
Section 6 - Supporting information
It is helpful if you can provide as much relevant information as possible with your
reference. We expect you to enclose any relevant documents you have although
you may produce further evidence later. In particular, you should enclose a copy of
any decision in respect of which the reference is made, any correspondence
requesting the decision, a copy of the most recent coordinated support plan (if there
is such a document) and documents relating to the additional support needs.
Please use this page to provide further information and to list the additional
documents you are sending with the reference.
Version 2 May 2018 20
Section 7
The Tribunal also deals with claims of disability discrimination relating to pupils in
school education.
If you have made or are making a claim on disability discrimination, would you
like the Tribunal to hear this reference at the same time as your claim (if it is
considered appropriate to do so)?
Yes
No
Date you sent your claim in:
Claim number (if you have already been given one):
Version 2 May 2018 21
Section 8
Declaration
I declare that the information provided in this form is correct.
Signature:
Print Name:
Date:
Final Checklist
Have you:
Signed this reference form?
Enclosed the decision letter you disagree with (if any)?
Enclosed the most recent Co-ordinated Support Plan (if one exists)?
If you have made a placing request for an independent school, enclosed a
letter from the school in relation to whether a place is available for the child
or you/the young person?
Enclosed and listed all the relevant documents you think might help the
Tribunal?
Once you have filled in the form, make sure that you have signed it if it is not
being submitted by email.
Then, please send the form and all other relevant documents to us at:
Additional Support Needs
Health and Education Chamber
First-tier Tribunal for Scotland
Glasgow Tribunals Centre
20 York Street
Glasgow
G2 8GT
This reference form can also be emailed to
ASNTribunal@scotcourtstribunals.gov.uk
Version 2 May 2018 22
What Happens Next?
We will check your reference form to see if the Tribunal can deal with the matters
you have raised. If we need further information, we will contact you.
When we are sure that we can proceed, we will register your reference. We will
then send you guidance about preparing your case statement (the case
statement is a document in which you will be asked to set out your case in full). We
will copy your reference to the Education Authority when it is registered and also
your case statement (once you have prepared it) so they can respond. There is an
information note on making a reference on the Additional Support Needs section of
the Health and Education Chamber website:
https://www.healthandeducationchamber.scot/additional-support-
needs/publications/information-notes
You are given 15 working days to prepare your case statement in circumstances
when the Education Authority has failed to provide a Co-ordinated Support Plan
within the required timescales.
In all other circumstances, you are given 20 working days (4 weeks) to prepare a
case statement. The authority has a further 10 working days to produce their
response to this. You might think you have submitted enough information in your
reference. You do not need to prepare a case statement but you may need further
time to consider if there is any other information which might assist the Tribunal to
understand your child and their needs.
If you want your case to proceed as quickly as possible or think you may need more
time you may ask for these time periods to be changed.
The Tribunal will comprise three people - one will be a legal member who is an
experienced lawyer and the other two are specialist members, with expertise in
education, social work or health. Occasionally a tribunal will be made up of one
legal member sitting alone. The hearing will normally be held close to your home.
We will send you more information at the end of the case statement period. All
hearings are allocated at least a full day. More complex hearings may be allocated
more time.
For further information:
www.healthandeducationchamber.scot
0141 302 5860
Ethnic Monitoring
In order to record the diversity of users, we would ask you to tick one of the boxes.
Giving this information is entirely optional; it will have no effect on how your claim is
progressed.
We operate stringent data management procedures and will keep your information
secure. We are registered under the Data Protection Act.
This page will be detached from your claim and destroyed. The statistical data we
gather from this sheet is kept in a separate electronic file from the claims themselves.
The child or young person’s ethnic origin is:
White:
Scottish
Other
British Irish
Any other white background Please specify:
Mixed:
Any other mixed background Please specify:
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British:
Indian
Pakistani
Bangladeshi
Chinese
Any other Asian background Please specify:
Black, Black Scottish or Black British:
Caribbean
African
Any other black background Please specify:
Other ethnic background:
Any other background Please specify:
Chrome Web Store
It looks like you haven't installed the Fill Chrome Extension Add to Chrome