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Welcome to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) were established in November 2005 by Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 which made provision for the establishment of the Tribunals which now hear cases involving children and young people who face the biggest barriers to learning. There is also amending legislation which introduces some new changes, Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009, which apply from the 14 November 2010.

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland consider appeals (references) made by parents and young people against decisions of Education Authorities regarding the provision of educational support.

Co-ordinated support plans (CSPs) are now prepared for children with additional support needs:

  • arising from complex or multiple factors;

  • requiring a range of support from different services; and

  • enduring for one year or more

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals hears references involving children and young people who either have, or are potentially entitled to have, a co-ordinated support plan.

The Tribunal will also in certain circumstances hear references about placing requests.

This website has been designed to help anyone who has an interest in the Tribunal. If you are a young person or the parent of child with additional support needs, this website should help you decide whether the Tribunal can help with your dispute. If your interest stems from your role within an Education Authority or you have been asked to appear as a witness, information on this website should help you understand what will be expected.

Disability Discrimination Claims

From the 18th March 2011, the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland can also consider appeals (claims) made by the parent or the person where they have the capacity to make a claim against the responsible body that has discriminated against the person because of a disability.

Schools must not treat disabled pupils less favorably because of their disability. Discrimination can also occur when a disabled pupil is placed at substantial disadvantage because reasonable adjustments have not been made to account for their disability. Further information is available in our dedicated section of the website.