Date lodged: 31 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to its response of 26 July 2017 to the Education and Skills Committee report on additional support for learning, who will conduct the independent research into additional support for learning noted in point 9, and what the (a) timescale and (b) remit of the research will be.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 August 2017
The Scottish Government is developing a research specification which will be used to tender the independent research into the experience of mainstreaming for those with additional support needs. This process will be completed as soon as possible and will run concurrently with the consultation on revised guidance on the presumption of mainstream. The consultation responses and the independent research will be brought together to inform the final guidance on presumption of mainstream.