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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01037: Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 17 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports gifted primary school pupils who it is believed may have autism.

Answered by: John Swinney 25 May 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all children and young people get the support that they need to reach their full learning potential. Education authorities have duties under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004, to identify, provide for and review the additional support needs of their pupils.

The Act recognises that children and young people may require additional support for a variety of reasons. The associated Code of Practice is clear that additional support may be required where a child is particularly able, has autism, or both.

The Scottish Government has supported the development and publication of the "Autism Toolbox" which helps teachers and educational support staff identify and meet the needs of pupils with autism. In addition, we fund the Scottish Network for Able Pupils. SNAP offers a network of support to schools and teachers through the sharing of ideas and practice. SNAP also runs workshop for young people and provides advice to parents.