ELU helpful resources

Placing Request Template Letter

If your child has Additional Support Needs and you would like to make a request for them to be placed within either a special school or a specialist provision within a mainstream school, them you may amend this letter to suit your circumstances to make this request. This should be submitted to the relevant person within your local authority. If you aren’t sure who this is, you may find information at Enquire’s website. The Local Authority have two months to respond to your request. If you do not hear anything after two months, then your request is deemed to have been refused.

Request Assessment of Needs Template Letter

If your child has Additional Support Needs, there has not been a recent assessment of their needs and you feel they are not receiving the correct level of support, then amend this letter to suit your circumstances and submit this to the relevant person within your Local Authority. If you aren’t sure who this is, you may find information at Enquire’s website.

Template Letter Requesting Mediation

If you are having a dispute regarding your child’s education, the first step is speak to a representative at the school. We recommend producing your concerns in writing ahead of any discussions to allow staff to prepare. If you are still not satisfied that your concerns are being dealt with, then we suggest you speak to a relevant person within the Local Authority. If you aren’t sure who this is, you may find information at Enquire’s website. If you are still not satisfied with how your concerns are being handled and your child has Additional Support Needs, then you have the right to request Independent Mediation. Please amend the template letter to suit your circumstances. Please note that Independent Mediation is to be conducted by and independent mediating group and not by a Local Authority Representative.

Guidance on Making an Effective Complaint

Before submitting an formal complaint to the council, we advise requesting mediation (see above). If mediation proves unsuccessful, then it may be appropriate to follow the council’s formal complaints procedure. Here is our guidance on making an effective complaint.

Template Letter for Requesting a Coordinated Support Plan (CSP)

Before requesting a CSP, we recommend reading the governments guidance on whether or not you child would qualify for one. guidance on this is also provided by Enquire. If after reading this guidance you still feel your child qualifies for a CSP, then amend this letter to suit your circumstances and submit this to the relevant person within your Local Authority. If you aren’t sure who this is, you may find information at Enquire’s website.

Requesting a Review of a Coordinated Support Plan (CSP)

If your child has a CSP, this needs to be reviewed every twelve months. There are circumstances where the Local Authority can extend this review period, for more information, please call us on 0141 445 1955. Likewise, if there has been a significant change in the child’s circumstances, then a request for an early review is permitted. To make a request for your child’s CSP to be reviewed, amend this letter to suit your circumstances and submit this to the relevant person within your Local Authority. If you aren’t sure who this is, you may find information at Enquire’s website.

Govan Law Centre Bullying Guide

If your child is being bullied either online or in person then our bullying guide can help direct you on how to tackle the issue and secure a safer environment for your child.

A Guide for Parents About School Attendance

If your child cannot attend school, the Scottish Government’s guide on school attendance can keep you informed of what steps you should be taking to ensure the wellbeing of your child is secured. The guide will also let you know what to expect from the Local Authority in regards to their duties. If you any questions, then please contact us on 0141 445 1955