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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01134: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many special education (a) teachers and (b) support staff have moved from mainstream to specialist schools in each local authority in the last five years.

Answered by: John Swinney 25 July 2016

The term special education is no longer used in Scotland. Instead the term additional support needs is used, reflecting the legal framework of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004. Consequently there are no teachers designated as 'special education' in Scotland. Information on the movement of teachers whose main subject is additional support for learning and support staff is not held centrally.

Information is collected each year on the numbers of teachers including those whose main subject is additional support for learning, and the numbers of support staff in primary, secondary and special schools broken down by local authority area. The following links provide this information: