Scotland’s Ten Year Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026 was published on the 5 June 2017 for public consultation. This document has been updated following consideration of the responses to the consultation.
The document outlines our vision in Scotland for the education of children and young people with complex additional support needs. Our ten year strategy sits within the context of other policies and strategies to improve the learning outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs living in Scotland.
The Scottish vision for inclusive education, which applies to all settings, is set out below:
‘Inclusive education in Scotland starts from the belief that education is a human right and the foundation for a more just society. An inclusive approach which recognises diversity and holds the ambition that all children and young people are enabled to achieve to their fullest potential is the cornerstone to achieve equity and excellence in education for all of our children and young people.’
Inclusive practice is important whatever the setting, whether it be within a mainstream or special school. There are four key features of inclusion which can be used to set expectations and evaluate inclusive practice in schools and early learning and childcare settings. These are present, participating, achieving and supported. Together these four features support the delivery of inclusive learning environments for all children and young people that enable them to reach their full potential.