The Faculty in context

The Faculty of Support for Students (Guidance) and Support for Learning was established in June 2012 in line with the new faculty structures city wide. There are three Support for Student Leaders in addition to a Support for Learning Leader, a Support for Learning teacher and a team of Learning Assistants.

Legal Information

An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning. Most or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind. The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs. Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act : Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at – or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 469 3444


Factors that may give rise to additional support needs fall broadly into four overlapping themes:

  • the learning environment
  • family circumstances
  • a disability or health need
  • social and emotional factors


(Supporting Children’s Learning: a Code of Practice, Chapter 2, P. 24 paragraphs 16)