The Education Minister said: "It is important that all our young people have the chance to benefit from learning a modern European language. The benefits are the same for all learners, whatever their circumstances." Brian Wilson added that schools should ensure pupils with special needs had a clear sense of themselves in their local, national and European communities.
Three years ago the Scottish Office set up the Euro-Di project to create a European dimension for SEN pupils, especially by way of a language. Curriculum development was led by Hilary McColl, principal teacher of modern languages at Alyth High until she retired in 1995.
The new pack of materials will be sent to all secondary and special schools and teacher education institutes. Other recent curriculum projects for special needs have included Opening Doors, for the physically handicapped; Taking up the Challenge, for those with moderate learning difficulties; and a pack on health education.