The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (“the Act”) provides the legal framework for identifying and addressing the additional support needs of children and young people who face a barrier, or barriers, to learning. The Act aims to ensure that all children and young people are provided with the necessary support to help them work towards achieving their full potential.
The Act has been amended by the Education (Scotland) Act 2016. This extension provides that eligible children will have largely the same rights as young people and parents under the Additional Support for Learning legislation, except in relation to placing requests and the use of mediation services. It is intended that these amendments to the Act will commence in January 2018.
This is the third edition of the code and replaces all previous versions. This third edition takes account of the amendments in the 2016 Act.
Further (non-statutory) guidance in respect of the extended children’s rights, can be
found in: Extending Children’s Rights- Guidance on the assessment of capacity and consideration of wellbeing.