Morning, Wednesday, 27th November 2019
The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar examines key issues for additional support for learning (ASL) in Scotland.
It follows the recent announcement by the Scottish Government of an independent review into additional learning needs which will look at the quality of provision currently, how it is currently being implemented in schools and how resources are being used, with the findings expected to be finally published in the first quarter of 2020.
With the review ongoing as the seminar takes place, delegates will consider its major areas of focus as well as:
- How to better identify additional support needs (ASN), particularly for young people who have suffered adverse childhood experiences;
- Support for the teaching workforce.
The agenda in summary
- Key issues for ASL in Scotland - with Professor Sheila Riddell, Director, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh;
- The ASN system - developing the local planning, delivery and coordination of support - with May Dunsmuir, President, Health and Education Chamber, First-tier Tribunal for Scotland;
- Closing the educational attainment gap and sharing best practice - with Mary Berrill, Head of Inclusion, Education Scotland;
- Supporting the sector and promoting effective ASL: provision, best practice and outcomes - with Jan Savage, Director of External Affairs & Strategic Development, ENABLE Scotland.
- Identifying ASL needs, effective assessment and access to health and education services across Scotland - particularly for young people with adverse childhood experiences;
- Meeting workforce needs - training, continued development and supporting teachers and carers; and
- Improving delivery of ASL - resources, inclusive practice, and the future for the presumption of mainstreaming following the publication of The Scottish Government’s guidance.
Further recent developments
- The recent announcement in the Scottish Government’s 2019-2020 Programme for Government of £15m in funding for more services and staff for ASL;
- Concerns expressed by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee in their renewed examination of the presumption of mainstreaming and ASL, including:
- resources and systems for delivery of ASL;
- seclusion and restraint; and
- numbers of specialist staff.
- The Scottish Government’s guidance to local authorities which aims to ensure children with additional needs are fully supported in mainstream education, by providing advice on the best learning environment for young people, including defining inclusion for the first time and how it should be delivered;
- A drop in the number of Co-ordinated Support Plans (CSPs); and
- Calls for increased resources to support young people with ASN in mainstream education amidst funding concerns.