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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00307: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 31 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many learning hours are delivered to college students who are disabled; how this compares with 2007, and what action it is taking to increase the number.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 June 2016

In 2014-15, 12,269,889 learning hours were provided to students with a recorded disability. This is 22% higher than the equivalent figure in 2006-07.

Year

Total learning hours for students with a recorded disability

2006-2007

10,074,987

2007-2008

10,592,135

2008-2009

11,101,241

2009-2010

11,312,636

2010-2011

11,466,064

2011-2012

11,316,673

2012-2013

11,112,567

2013-2014

11,634,168

2014-2015

12,269,889

Source: Scottish Funding Council

In its guidance to colleges, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has made clear that improving access for disabled people is a priority. To that end, SFC is investing a record £100 million across the sector to ensure colleges are resourced to meet the needs of disabled students.

The SFC continues to work closely with the equality challenge unit, enable Scotland, colleges development network and other partners to improve outcomes and support for this group of learners.