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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00565: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the proposal by Dumfries and Galloway Council to further reduce the number of classroom assistants in the region's schools despite a reported 60% increase in the number of children assessed as needing additional support.

Answered by: John Swinney 18 January 2017

Under the Additional Support for Learning Act it is for education authorities to identify and provide for the additional support needs of their pupils. Authorities must ensure that they have appropriate resources in place to meet their statutory requirements, including meeting the individual needs of children and young people.