Henry Hepburn

Gaps in ASN provision lead to ‘traumatic’ experiences

Children affected as additional support needs left ‘unrecognised’, report warns

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Patchy support for Scotland’s ambitious inclusion agenda is leaving some of the country’s most vulnerable children “traumatised”, according to teachers and parents.

Tes Scotland has delved through the hundreds of pages of testimonies that poured into a Parliamentary inquiry on additional support needs (ASN) – mostly from parents and teachers.

The documents reveal repeated complaints that children are suffering because of regional variations in the “culture” relating to pupils with ASN.

Nearly a quarter – 24.9 per cent – of Scotland’s pupils were recorded as having ASN in 2016 – up from 4.2 ...

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