You could fill a book with how ASN is going wrong

An opus of anguish penned by parents and teachers on Scotland’s additional support needs heralds a tragedy in the making, as Henry Hepburn reports

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How long would it take to plough through Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear? Now add another 20,000 words to Shakespeare’s four great tragedies and you’ve matched the volume of evidence that mounted up when MSPs canvassed views on additional support needs (ASN).

The resultant 244-page document is the largest that TESS has seen go before a Holyrood committee; its sheer scale hints at the turmoil around ASN. Politicians are even beginning to question the sustainability of inclusion – a defining policy of Scottish education in recent times.

The document builds a comprehensive picture of an ...

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