Scotland Policy Conferences

Additional support for learning in Scotland - identifying needs, improving delivery, and support for the teaching workforce

Morning, Wednesday, 27th November 2019

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ

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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


Keynote contributions:


  • 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.

Panel sessions:


  • 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.


Keynote Speakers

May Dunsmuir

President, Health and Education Chamber, First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

Mary Berrill

Head of Inclusion, Education Scotland

Keynote Speakers

May Dunsmuir

President, Health and Education Chamber, First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

Mary Berrill

Head of Inclusion, Education Scotland

Chair

Brian Whittle MSP

Co-Convenor, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People

Speakers

Suzanne Wilson

Chairperson, ASN Parents Together

John McKean

Principal Teacher, Language and Communication, St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

Senior speaker confirmed from The Royal Blind School

Iain Nisbet

Consultant Solicitor, Cairn Legal

Helen Gillan

Headteacher, Cairns Primary School, Glasgow

Professor Sheila Riddell

Director, Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Dominic Everett

Depute Headteacher, The Royal Blind School

Andrea Bradley

Assistant Secretary, Education and Equality, EIS

Andrea Bradley

Assistant Secretary, Education and Equality, EIS

Bernadette Casey

ASN Sector representative, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland

Jan Savage

Director of External Affairs & Strategic Development, ENABLE Scotland

Yvonne Ross

Secretary, ASN Parents Together

Senior speaker confirmed from EIS

Pauline Beirne

Allied Health Professionals Children and Young People National Lead, The Scottish Government

Kenny Graham

Head of Education, Falkland House School, Fife and Spokesman, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition

Lorraine Thomson

Chair, Education Issues Group, UNISON Scotland

Rebecca Scarlett

Senior Policy and Information Officer, Lead Scotland