Date lodged: 21 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what guidance and support it provides to ensure that pupils excluded from school continue to receive education.
Answered by: John Swinney 30 June 2017
Section 14(3) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 provides that education authorities have a duty to continue to provide education for a child or young person during a period of exclusion from school.
The Scottish Government’s refreshed guidance “Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School Exclusions” provides guidance on key legislation relating to exclusion and advice on the appropriate provision of education during a period of exclusion from school.
Support is provided to schools and local authorities by Education Scotland, who help to promote and embed the approaches set out in the refreshed guidance. Education Scotland also provides support and advice through a range of national networks for third sector groups who are working to improve the educational outcomes for learners at risk of being excluded.
More broadly it is a clear principle within Curriculum for Excellence that learning and teaching should support the needs of all learners through personalised and targeted support where it is required. This would include learners who are excluded from school.