Evidence on ASN by Riddell to Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee (27 Feb 2019)
Professor Sheila Riddell provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee during its work on ASN in 2017.
Professor Riddell's submission set out the rights conferred on eligible children by amendments made by the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”) to the 2004 Act. During the meeting, she argued that local authorities had not provided training or sufficient information on the extension of rights to children in 2018, under the amended 2004 Act. Her evidence also noted that the use of Co-ordinated Support Plans (CSPs) is decreasing. At the same time, the use of the non-statutory Child’s Plan is increasing.
Her evidence papers, the video clip of the meeting and the Committee's official report can be accessed via the links below:
- Meeting agenda of the Education and Skills Committee, the Scottish Parliament: 7th Meeting, 2019 (Session 5), Wednesday 27th February 2019
- Video clip
Following the meeting, the Committee wrote to John Swinney MSP on the 9th April 2019 with proposals for change in a number of areas in relation to the presumption of mainstreaming and addtional suport for learning for children and young people across Scotland. This letter, which highlights details of Professor Riddell's suggestions from the evidence she has submitted, can be accessed via this link.
Related press coverage
- (The Herald Scotland, 10 February 2019, interview with Professor Sheila Riddell) Growing concern over decline in support plans
- (TES, 30 March 2018, interview with Professor Lani Florian) 'Inclusion isn't a problem ─ the issue is consistency'
- Making rights a reality for children with additional support needs
- Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Needs: A New Paradigm?
- Dispute resolution in additional support needs: Working together to improve children’s and families’ experiences in Scotland
- Dispute resolution and avoidance in education: A study of special and additional support needs in England and Scotland