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ERIC Number: ED541205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Review of the Additional Support for Learning Act: "Adding Benefits for Learners"
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
In May 2009, the Minister for Children and Early Years, gave a commitment to Parliament to establish a working group to report on how the "Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004" (the Act) is affecting children and young people who: (1) are looked after; (2) are young carers; (3) have mental health disorders; and (4) have sensory impairments. HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) was asked to lead the review. In carrying out this task, HMIE set up a working group with colleagues from the Scottish Government, voluntary organisations and education authorities. The Act has been amended by the "Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009" (the 2009 Act). The 2009 Act will commence on 14 November 2010 and will strengthen the original 2004 Act. In particular, the Act as amended, automatically deems that all looked after children and young people have additional support needs, unless the education authority determine that they do not require additional support in order to benefit from school education. In 2007, HMIE reported on how well authorities and schools were implementing the Act. Key findings showed that: (1) inter-agency work had led to appropriate individualised educational programme (IEP) targets for children and young people with a range of communication and language difficulties; (2) authorities were beginning to improve support for meeting the needs of looked after and accommodated children and young people; and (3) a few authorities had established clear procedures for supporting looked after and accommodated children and young people in schools. This report updates aspects of the HMIE report and considers how the Act is working now for children and young people with additional support needs relating to being looked after; being a young carer; having mental health disorders and having sensory impairments. It also makes recommendations aimed at securing better learning outcomes for these children and young people. Appended are: (1) Membership of the task group; (2) References; and (3) Meeting additional support needs. (Contains 11 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)