Date lodged: 8 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government(a) how many and (b) what percentage of children in each local authority area are absent from school due to sickness and are eligible for alternative education provision; how many (i) have and (ii) have not been provided with this within the target timescale, and what support it is giving to local authorities to ensure that all eligible children receive this within the target timescale.
Answered by: John Swinney 20 February 2018
The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 places duties on education authorities to make special arrangements for children or young people who are unable to attend school due to ill health to receive education elsewhere than at an educational establishment. This applies to all children who are unable to attend school due to ill health. Information on the numbers of children who have received support is not held centrally.
In June 2015, the Scottish Government published revised guidance to education authorities to support them in implementation of their duties under this legislation. This guidance is available on the Scottish Government’s website through the following link: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/6846.