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A week in primary: 13 January 2017

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Campaigners have called for a review into “major discrepancies” in the numbers of pupils recorded as having additional support needs (ASN) by local authorities. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) spoke out after the latest pupil census showed that the number of ASN pupils had continued to climb, up to 170,329 – or 24.9 per cent of pupils. But the figures varied markedly between authorities: Glasgow, for example, recorded 25.8 per cent of primary pupils having ASN, whereas neighbouring North Lanarkshire had only 13.3 per cent.

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