Has the Additional Support for Learning Act changed?

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 only apply to extra help that is provided within classrooms or schools. It will cover any support that allows a child to benefit from school education
  • local authorities will have a duty to assess young disabled children (generally 0-3) and provide appropriate additional support if required (unless parents refuse)
  • data will be collected from education authorities by the Scottish Ministers and reported to the Scottish Parliament, so that more is known about the provision of additional support for learning services across Scotland
  • parents of children with additional support needs and young people with additional support needs will be able to make a placing request to any local authority school in Scotland
  • parents of children with additional support needs and young people with additional support needs will be able to request a specific assessment at any time
  • education authorities will have to publish information about other sources of information, advice and assistance (such as Enquire).

To find out more look at our summary: ASL-Act-2009-changes.pdf

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