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Crisis in support for at-risk pupils

Letter warns staff are being stretched to ‘breaking point’

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Scottish guidance teachers have written to the education secretary warning that pupils who are suicidal or face serious problems at home are being let down by a lack of support.

In the letter to John Swinney – shared exclusively with Tes Scotland – the Scottish Guidance Association (SGA) warns of “dire consequences” unless the workload of guidance staff in schools is addressed and “adequate support services” for pupils and their families are put in place.

The guidance teachers describe child and adolescent mental health services and social work teams as “stretched”, and say schools have ...

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