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S5W-10334: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many school children in each local authority area have a parent in prison, and what training is provided to school staff receive to support them.

Answered by: John Swinney 31 July 2017

The Scottish Government does not collect data on the number of school children in each local authority area who have a parent in prison.

The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended) places duties on education authorities and other agencies to provide support to children and young people who have an additional support need which is causing a barrier to their learning. Education authorities must identify, plan and make provision for the support to be provided and review that support to ensure it is appropriate. This would include support for those who have an imprisoned parent.

The teaching standards set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland require teachers to be able to identify and respond appropriately to pupils with difficulties in, or barriers to, learning and recognise when to seek advice in relation to their additional support needs.

Initial teacher education in each of Scotland's nine teacher education providers addresses children's family circumstances and contexts. Schools and local authorities are responsible for ensuring that continuing professional development is provided to meet teachers' agreed development needs during their induction year and throughout their careers.