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Additional support for learning, 11/11/10 [S]

The rights of children with additional education support needs will be strengthened on Sunday (November 14) when the Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Act 2009 comes into force.

It will ensure that children and young people with additional support needs and their parents can make out of the area placing requests for specific schools and receive mediation and dispute resolution help following such requests. It will also increase parents' access to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) if a placing request is refused.

Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram said:

"This new legislation with further strengthen the rights of children with additional support needs, by ensuring that when and where their parents consider their needs could best be met in a different council area, they can make such requests.

"It will also ensure that if such requests are refused, parents are given the help required to try and resolve this in the best interests of their child."

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

Further Information

Additional support for learning