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Henry McLeish to welcome the findings of the Beattie committee

Henry McLeish, minister for enterprise and lifelong learning, will today (Friday) welcome the findings of the Beattie committee as a contribution to social inclusion through helping young people with special needs move from school to further education and employment.

The report of the committee led by Robert Beattie, chairman of the Scottish Further Education Funding Council, has as its key "realising potential", and focuses on the work of the guidance, education and training sectors.

At its launch at Drumchapel Opportunities in Glasgow, Mr McLeish will say that the recommendations on employability and access to jobs will be explored with employers and the Employment Service. He intends publishing an action plan next January.

Next week The TES Scotland will have full details of the Beattie report and the report of the committee chaired by Professor Sheila Riddell on school provision for children with severe disabilities.

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