School pupils who need additional support for learning (ASL) will be more involved in decisions about their education, the Scottish Government has said.
Following an independent review into additional support education by Angela Morgan, which made a number of recommendations on how to improve learning, the Scottish Government has pledged to involve students who require additional support in decisions about the sector.
In her recommendations, Ms Morgan said “children and young people must be listened to and involved in all decision making relating to additional support for learning”.
The Scottish Government and local authority body Cosla have released a joint action plan in response to the recommendations.
It says ministers will “seek to fully involve and listen to children and young people in the development of local policy and guidance”, while Cosla will collect the views of children and parents.
Progress on the recommendations will be reported on by next October.
Education Secretary John Swinney said: “We are determined to improve the educational experiences of children and young people with additional support needs and make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.
“Angela Morgan’s report sets a clear direction in how we can continue to build on progress in this area and I am pleased the Scottish Government and Cosla have worked in partnership to develop a joint action plan to implement her recommendations.
“We must ensure children and young people and their families are listened to and involved in decisions around ASL that directly affect them.
“Our joint action plan with Cosla will ensure teachers and school staff are given the support they need to enable our children and young people to reach their full potential.”
Mr Swinney also said the coronavirus pandemic has had “a major impact on our children and young people”.
He added: “The measures outlined in our action plan will help us to address this impact.”
The Scottish Government also said it would ensure additional support for learning is included in the ongoing Curriculum for Excellence review, as well as ensuring individual schools and councils seek to build strong relationships with parents and carers.