Education (Scotland) Act 2016
This Act supports a range of improvements to Scottish education including: improving the attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds; widening access to gaelic medium education; giving children a voice in matters that affect them; and extending the rights of children with additional support needs. View the Education (Scotland)Act 2016 here.
The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2012
These Regulations consolidate the Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 1982 and make amendments. There are new provisions relating to the School Handbook such as a duty on local authorities to make the School Handbook available online. The new Regulations came into force on the 8th December 2012. View The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 here.
Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004, as amended
This Act provides a framework for local authorities and other agencies to support all children with their learning. It came into force in November 2005. It introduced the concept of additional support needs, gave parents and pupils new rights and placed duties on local authorities and other agencies. It also set in place the processes for resolving differences for families and authorities – mediation, dispute resolution and the Additional Support Needs Tribunal. View the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 in full.
The Act was amended in 2009 and the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 came into force in November 2010.
Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007
The 2007 Act places education authorities under a duty to ensure that all schools are health promoting. A school is health promoting if it provides activities and an environment and facilities which promote the physical, social, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of pupils. View the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007 in full.
Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000
This Act sets out the rights of children to school education (including children who cannot attend school because of ill-health) and the related duties of education authorities. The Act introduced the policy of ‘presumption of mainstreaming’, i.e. that all children will be expected to attend mainstream school unless certain circumstances apply. View the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 in full.
Guidance on implementing presumption of mainstreaming is available on the Scottish Government website.
Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014. The legislation is a key part of the Scottish Government’s strategy for making Scotland the best place in the world for children to grow up
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 brought together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all. Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for any education provider, including a private or independent provider, to discriminate between pupils on grounds of disabilityThe legal definition of a disability, under the Equality Act 2010, is “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to..., race, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, or sex.