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What happens after I have made a placing request?

Last updated: 15/07/16

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The education authority must inform you in writing about its decision on your placing request. If it refuses your request, it must give you the reasons why. However, if you have not received a decision in writing within two months of making a placing request then the request is considered to be refused. (This is [read more...]

Who pays the costs if my child is educated in another education authority as a result of a parental placing request?

Last updated: 15/07/16

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If you make a successful placing request for your child to attend a school in another education authority area (the host education authority) it becomes responsible for your child’s education and is responsible for all relevant duties under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended. However, the host authority is not [read more...]

Can I get help with transport costs for my child to go to school?

Last updated: 05/09/17

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If your child attends their local catchment school, or if they attend another school where they were placed by the education authority, then the education authority must provide free transport for your child if: your child is under 8 years old and lives more than 2 miles away, or your child is over 8 and lives [read more...]

My child has been excluded from school. What can I do?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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Exclusion should not be used as a way to cope with a child’s additional support needs. A school can only exclude a pupil for certain reasons: The school thinks that order and discipline in the school and the education of the other pupils will be badly affected if your child continues to attend there. The [read more...]

My child has been sent home with no explanation from the school. What should I do?

Last updated: 14/07/16

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Sometimes schools use different ways to describe, or give different reasons for, removing a child from school. These may include: sending a child home early cooling-off period informal exclusion short-term suspension the child cannot cope with a full day. Schools do not always think of these as formal exclusions but they should record them and [read more...]

ASL Myth: Local authorities must respond to a parent’s request for a specific assessment within a certain time period.

Last updated: 04/11/15

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FACTS: Under the ASL Act, parents can ask education authorities to consider whether their child has additional support needs. At the same time they can ask for a specific type of assessment (such as an educational, medical or psychological assessment or examination). They can also ask for a specific assessment at any time for a child who has additional support needs. Education authorities must agree to both types of [read more...]

ASL Myth: If a pupil with additional support needs stays on at school after the age of 16, the school does not have to provide additional support for learning.

Last updated: 04/11/15

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FACTS Enquire receives a number of queries each year about this topic and it can be a difficult time for young people and their parents. There should be learning planning in place for all pupils and any extra support needed by a pupil should be planned and discussed with the pupil and their parents at [read more...]

Factsheet 17: When a child can’t go to school

Last updated: 25/08/16

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You can download this publication as a PDF – Factsheet 17: When a child can’t go to school  (pdf 84KB) Factsheet 17 explains children and young people’s rights to education and support while they are: absent from school because of ill health unable to attend school for other reasons Find out more about how and when children can expect to receive support and what [read more...]

Has the Additional Support for Learning Act changed?

Last updated: 15/08/12

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The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 was amended in 2009. The changes form a new Act that was passed in June 2009. The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 came into force on November 14th 2010. A few features of the 2009 Act include: the term additional support will not [read more...]

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