Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
G68 0LS

Craighalbert Centre



    The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments, based at the Craighalbert Centre, is Scotland’s national centre for children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions and one of Scotland's Grant Aided Special Schools. It provides day school education for nursery, pre-school and school age children with motor impairments (for example, cerebral palsy).

    The Centre also provides outreach services, family support and periodic placements to children from across Scotland, as well as those who have attended the Centre and are making the transition to mainstream schooling.  The Centre was opened in 1991 in order to:
    • establish a national centre for the education of children with motor impairments based on the principles of Conductive Education and other progressive educational methods;
    • develop and advance education for children affected by disorders of movement, co-ordination and  communication skills, caused by cerebral palsy or other conditions;  
    • contribute to research and the development of provision for children with motor impairments;
    • provide educational institutions with assistance with courses relating to the education of children with motor impairments.


    Children from across Scotland who have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy or other non-progressive motor impairments attend the Centre.  The children have a range of abilities, from those with relatively minor physical and learning special needs to children who have more complex requirements.  The Centre excels at supporting children and young people with complex and additional support needs in order to fulfil their educational, physical and functional potential, within a holistic environment. 

    Each child is assessed prior to entry to ensure the Centre is the most appropriate environment to meet his/her specific needs and then re-assessed periodically (normally annually), to ensure that the Centre continues to be most appropriate environment for them.


    The Chief Executive of Mr Bob Fraser.  The Chief Executive is supported by the Centre Management Team.


    The Centre’s location allows many children ready access, however Scotland’s population distribution results in many families being located a considerable distance from the Centre and therefore access requires an extensive journey.   The Centre is committed to enabling children with cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions from all parts of Scotland to benefit from its services.  

    In order for children to attend however, some parents may require or desire that the family unit travels to the Centre.  To facilitate access to this national facility, family accommodation consisting of bedrooms and kitchen/lounge access is provided within the Craighalbert campus.  The family accommodation can be used either for short periods (from overnight to one week), or on a more long-term basis (several weeks) if required.


    One of the tenets of the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments is that every child has unique characteristics, interests, abilities and learning needs, has the fundamental right to education and must be given the opportunity to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of learning.  The work of the Centre is targeted towards the development of the personality, talents, intellectual and physical abilities of the child or young person, in order that they realise fully their potential.  

    Consequently, the Centre subscribes to the national concept of inclusion, described in advice, policy and legislation, which articulates the entitlement of all children to receive a high quality experience from the education system. It is the Centre’s view that children who have special educational needs should be accommodated within a child-centred learning environment which is capable of meeting these needs.  Therefore, rather than the child ‘fitting into’ educational systems, programmes should be designed and implemented to take account of the diversity, characteristics and needs of each child.  

    The Centre’s educational philosophy incorporates an inclusive pedagogy which is directed towards addressing the learning needs of children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions and is focused upon the child’s capability, where appropriate, to access and gain the maximum benefit from mainstream schools.


    As one of seven Grant Aided Special Schools in Scotland, the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments is awarded a special status by the Scottish Government’s Schools Directorate, which recognises the necessity of the services provided, and the quality of this provision. The Schools Directorate endows an annual grant to partly fund the Centre’s activities.  This grant is supplemented by Local Authority fees for which parents can apply from each Local Authority’s education department.

    In addition, the Centre is supported by charitable donations.  Donations come from a range of sources including individuals and corporate organisations.  Every single donation is important and gratefully received.  Without such funding the Centre would be unable to offer its current range or quality of services.  

    This level of funding means that many of the services are provided without a direct charge to parents.  However, parents require their Local Authority to approve their child’s attendance for the Nursery, School and some Outreach provisions.


    The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments is located between Glasgow and Edinburgh at the Craighalbert Centre in Cumbernauld, in a building which is custom-designed to meet the needs of children with movement, visual, speech and hearing difficulties.  The Centre is within one hour’s travel of a large proportion of Scotland’s population. 


    The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments welcomes contact from parents and from education, health and social care professionals who wish information related to cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.  The Centre’s staff will be delighted to assist in any way they can.  Contact can be made with the Centre by phone on 01236 456100 or by email to

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