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Dispelling myths about the duties to make adjustments for disabled pupils to attend school trips. [read more...]
Find out more about schools, local authorities and health boards duties to provide intimate care for pupils who need it. [read more...]
Myth: My child will not receive any extra help in school because she does not have a formal diagnosis
The Additional Support for Learning Act sets out the duties on schools, local authorities and other agencies to identify any barriers to learning that a child may have. There is then a duty to provide support to meet these individual learning needs, regardless of the reason for them. Although a diagnosis may be helpful for [read more...]
Parents and carers play an important role in supporting their children’s learning in school. It is good practice that parents and carers are involved when important decisions about a child’s learning are made. However it is not always possible, or necessary, for parents and carers to be at all meetings regarding their child’s learning. There [read more...]
MYTH: When a child moves school they will receive the same support at their new school as they did in their previous school
When a child is moving to a new school, information about them and their learning needs will be passed to the new school in order for the school to prepare for the pupil arriving. When a child attends the new school staff should consider the child’s needs based on both the information they received and [read more...]
All parents have the right to appeal an exclusion (pupils may also appeal the exclusion if they are able to understand the process of appealing). When a child is excluded the school must, within 8 days, write to you to tell you why your child was excluded, any conditions for your child’s readmission to school [read more...]
The law does not make any distinction between types of exclusion – children are either excluded or they are not. Schools may use the term ‘cooling off period’ if a child is sent home due to their challenging behaviour or if they are not coping well in school. These situations can also be called ‘informal [read more...]
ASL Myth: Children attending pre-school or nursery who have additional support needs have the right to a full-time place.
Broadly speaking, all 3 and 4-year-old children have a right to free, part-time, pre-school education at a local authority or partnership nursery (a ‘partnership nursery’ could be a voluntary or private establishment that offers pre-school education through partnership arrangements with the local authority.) Every child is entitled to a total of 475 hours of funded, [read more...]
ASL Myth: Parents and schools must take part in mediation if they have a disagreement about a child’s additional support needs
Fact: Mediation is a voluntary process. A parent, or school or local authority cannot be forced to take part. Most disagreements about a child’s additional support needs or additional support for learning can be resolved at either school or local authority level. However, if this is not possible, parents, schools or local authorities can request [read more...]
ASL Myth: Parents of children with additional support needs cannot make a placing request to a school outside their own local authority area.
All parents have the right to express a preference for a particular school that they would like their child to attend. Young people (16 to 18 year olds) themselves also have this right. Parents of a child with additional support needs can make a placing request to any local authority run school in Scotland. This [read more...]