Update: Hearing and sharing views about experiences of additional support in schools

The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee received a lot of responses to the call for submissions of experiences of additional support in schools. The Committee met on the 1 March and heard from some witnesses about training for staff, number of staff and children with additional support needs experiences in schools. If you are interested in reading submissions you can find them here.

Sally Cavers, Enquire’s manager, was one of the witnesses and fed back written and verbal evidence about the things we hear from people contacting Enquire. We have argued, along with many others, that we need to do more to understand what support feels like for children and young people and their views around current provision. The Committee is going to hear from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on March 8th.

We have met many incredible practitioners over the years and have heard from young people about the support and people who have made all the difference but we’ve also heard about the difficulties for parents and carers and practitioners around making sure children and young people with additional support needs really do receive an education that allows them to reach their full potential.

Cat with Alison Harris MSP

Cat with Alison Harris, MSP

There is lots happening – in additional to the Education and Skills Committee’s work – the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland hosted a meeting on Tuesday 28 February with a range of people to talk about additional support for learning and to come up with suggested ways to make improvements. We’ll post regular updates. We have also been in the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament this week talking to MSPs about Enquire and how we can support them with information and advice for
their constituents.

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