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What are Scottish schools’ and local authorities’ responsibilities?

Local authorities have a duty to make sure that every child whose education they are responsible for is able to access an “adequate and efficient” education. Under the Additional Support for Learning Act, they also have duties to make sure that children and young people get the additional support for learning they need to reach their fullest potential. These duties include:

  • making arrangements to identify any children with additional support needs and ask for help from other agencies such as health and social work to help do this
  • agreeing with your request to identify if your child has additional support needs or for a specific type of assessment, unless they think it is unreasonable
  • to seek and take account of any advice or information you or other agencies provide about your child’s needs during assessment or when deciding  whether to open a co-ordinated support plan (CSP) for them
  • to provide “adequate and efficient” support for your child if they attend a preschool or school in their authority area, or a school in a different authority that they have placed your child in
  • to provide a CSP for children who need one and keep it updated
  • to provide appropriate support to your child if they are under 3 and have additional support needs because of a disability
  • to monitor the support they are providing to your child to make sure it meets their needs
  • to have arrangements in place for resolving disputes
  • to publish and keep updated information about meeting children’s additional support needs and resolving disagreements.

While these duties lie with the local authority, it will often be through their schools that they meet their responsibilities.

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