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Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000

The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 sets out the rights of children to education (including children who cannot attend school because of ill-health or who have been excluded) and the related duties of education authorities. This includes a duty to make sure that a child’s education is directed to the development of their personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential. It also says that local authorities and schools must have due regard to children’s views in decisions that significantly affect them. This Act also introduced the policy of ‘presumption of mainstreaming’, i.e. that all children will be expected to attend mainstream school unless certain circumstances apply.

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