Evidence on ASN submitted to the Education and Skills Committee, Additional Support for Learning, 7th Meeting, 2019 (Session 5).

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Professor Riddell provided evidence to the Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Government during its work on ASN in 2017 at its 7th Meeting (session 5) of the Committee in 2019.

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.

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 highlights details of Professor Riddell's suggestions from the evidence she has submitted.
Period27 Feb 2019
Work forScottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • additional support needs
  • special educational needs
  • children
  • Scotland
  • Co-ordinated Support Plans