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What's involved for Appellants/Claimants?

The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) have been established with the objective of providing an independent and expert body to adjudicate on certain disputed matters relating to additional support needs.

The aims of the ASNTS are:

  • to provide independent and expert decision making, impartially, efficiently and effectively, in accordance with the relevant legislation

  • to seek informality and flexibility in the proceedings

  • be accessible to users


Making a Reference or Claim

The ASNTS can consider a reference from a parent of a child with additional support needs or a claim from the parent of a disabled pupil.

A young person (aged 16 or 17) can also make their own reference or claim to the Tribunal. Where the young person lacks capacity, their parent can make the reference on their behalf. The reference must be received by the Secretariat no later than 2 months from the date on which the failure first occurred.

‘Parent’ is defined in section 135 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 as including guardian and any person who is liable to maintain or has the actual custody of a child or young person.  Those wishing to make a reference should complete the reference or claim form which asks all the necessary questions for a valid reference. The reference form can be downloaded or completed online and sent electronically to  A reference or claim submitted electronically will normally be accepted without a signature.