Action plan published following independent review.
Children and young people with additional support needs will be now be directly involved in the decisions that affect them following an independent review.
The Scottish Government and COSLA have drawn up a joint action plan for additional support for learning (ASL) after accepting the recommendations made in the independent review chaired by Angela Morgan.
Measures include directly involving children, young people and their families in decisions around ASL, changing the way in which the achievements and successes of children and young people with additional support needs are recognised and enhanced support for teachers and school staff. Progress against these measures will be reported on by October 2021.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“We are determined to improve the educational experiences of children and young people with additional support needs and make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. Angela Morgan’s report sets a clear direction in how we can continue to build on progress in this area and I am pleased the Scottish Government and COSLA have worked in partnership to develop a joint Action Plan to implement her recommendations.
“We must ensure children and young people and their families are listened to and involved in decisions around ASL that directly affect them. Our joint action plan with COSLA will ensure teachers and school staff are given the support they need to enable our children and young people to reach their full potential.
“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a major impact on our children and young people, their families and those who support them. The measures outlined in our action plan will help to us to address this impact.”
Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson, said:
“COSLA’s Children and Young People Board are pleased to endorse this Action Plan. We now need to engage with the wider education and support community to deliver Angela Morgan’s recommendations so we can improve the experiences and outcomes for children and young people who require support with their learning.”
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