The Additional Support for Learning Act
The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended 2009):
- created the term 'additional support needs'
- places duties on local authorities to identify, meet and keep under review the needs of pupils for whom they are responsible
- gives parents a number of rights, including the right to access mediation, dispute resolution and refer decisions to the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for matters concerned with a co-ordinated support plan.
Further information can be found in the Parents' Guide to Additional Support for Learning.
Duties of local authorities
Supporting Children's Learning: Code of Practice explains the new duties of local authorities and other agencies to support children's and young people's learning under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended.
Progress in implementing the Act
What learning and support is my child entitled to?
All children and young people in Scotland have a number of entitlements - find further information in What is my child entitled to?