Child's Planning Framework

Our Child’s Planning Framework builds on existing processes for meeting learner’s additional support needs, but also takes account of the National Practice Model within the legislation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act. It is child centred, holistic and integrated in its approach to ensure that children and young people with additional support needs or wellbeing concerns, and their families, receive the earliest, most effective and least intrusive response.

The Child’s Planning Framework is a dynamic framework where assessment is directly linked to intervention. Key to its success is parents/carers, children and young people and agencies working together (observing and recording, gathering information), carrying out interventions and evaluating progress (planning, action and review).

The Framework is a staged intervention model with three levels under which the additional support needs of children and young people are identified, assessed, planned for and met. The Additional Support Needs and Wellbeing needs of children and young people at Level 1 (Universal) and Level 2 (Additional) will generally be met in mainstream schools. Children and young people who require Targeted support (Level 3) often have needs that are required to be met in specialist provisions.

The three levels of the Child’s Planning Framework are as follows:

Level 1 – Universal

  • Additional support/ wellbeing needs are met in classroom by the class teacher.
  • Differentiation/modification to the curriculum/environment may be required.
  • Advice and support may be provided by Support for Learning staff or school nurse.

Level 2 - Additional

  • A higher level of intervention required is over a sustained or planned period and may require support from other agencies outwith the school.
    • e.g. Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Children’s Services, Educational Psychology
  • Detailed planning is required and recorded in a Child’s Plan and/or Individualised Education Plan (IEP).

Level 3 – Targeted

  • Children and Young People with significant and continuing level of need requiring multi-agency support e.g. Exceptional Needs in place; educated within a specialist provision; children looked after by Local Authority.
  • Detailed planning is required and recorded in a Child’s Plan and Individualised Education Plan (IEP).
  • A Co-ordinated Support Plan may also be required.