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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01138: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 29 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities on the provision of education for children with additional support needs in mainstream schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 25 July 2016

The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 places a duty on education authorities to provide education for all children in a mainstream school unless specific exceptions apply. The legislation indicates that it is presumed that these circumstances arise only exceptionally.

Education authorities are supported in these decisions by guidance which was produced by the Scottish Government at the time of the introduction of the duty in August 2003. In December 2015, Scottish Ministers confirmed that they would review the guidance on mainstreaming to take account of more recent legislation and policy developments. The review will be undertaken in partnership with key stakeholders and will be publicly consulted on.