Emma Seith

ASN pupils ‘threatened’ by business rate proposal

Private schools for vulnerable children could close if forced to pay rates in full

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The headteachers of small independent schools that cater for children with complex additional support needs are warning that their very existence will be under threat if Scotland’s private schools are forced to pay business rates in full.

There are around 20 small private schools for children with complex additional support needs who fail to thrive in the state sector. Most of these schools are charities and they fear that pupils’ wellbeing may now suffer because of a landmark change on rates.

Many of these pupils have been out of education for months – if not years – by the time councils ...

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