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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03311: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what best practice it issues to local authorities regarding assessment of support for children with additional learning needs.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 October 2016

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 places strict duties on local authorities to meet the additional support needs for all children for whose school education they are responsible, and to tailor provision according to their individual needs.

The "Supporting Children’s Learning" code of practice explains these duties, providing guidance to local authorities on the Act's provisions as well as on the supporting framework of secondary legislation. Chapter three of the code of practice, "Meeting Additional Support Needs", focusses on the assessment of children with additional support needs.