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Common Ground Mediation

Common Ground Mediation provides independent mediation services to the education community in Scotland.  Our core service is helping to resolve disputes between parents and carers of children with additional support needs and the local education authority and/or schools.  We work in a number of different areas across Scotland and most disagreements can be resolved at an early stage.

** Due to the impact of Covid-19 and following public health Scotland guidance & advice. We are continuing to offer our mediation service remotely. **

Positive power of communication:

Providing access to Independent mediation for children & young people with additional support needs is not a new requirement or duty for local authorities in Scotland.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning Scotland) Act 2004 and Scottish education law clearly outlines a framework which ensures mediation must be provided as an option. To resolve disputes between parents/ carers and the authority and/or school regarding a child who has additional support needs. The mediation service must be free of charge for families. Mediation can be used instead of, or as well as, taking a case to the additional support needs tribunal.

There are 4 steps, within the framework, to avoid and resolve disagreements about additional support for learning. At any of these stages mediation can be thought about. Most disagreements about the education of children & young people with additional support needs can be referred to an independent mediation service.

Disagreements can be very stressful for everyone involved. As conflict resolution professionals we offer a wide range of different services. You can find out about these as you explore this website.


We hope you will find this website informative and useful. Contact us at info@commongroundmediation.co.uk to find out more.

Scottish Mediation Register of Mediators
Members of the Scottish Mediation Network

What our clients say...

“Before using mediation, I had felt, at time, my views were disregarded, it gave me a chance to speak openly, be listened to and clear up lots of misunderstandings. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed and helpless about the future for my daughter. Mediation process was very empowering and made a big difference to me and my family”

Parent, 2020