Education (Children with Additional Support Needs)

Part of Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of David McLetchie David McLetchie Conservative 2:15 pm, 8th March 2007

Is the minister aware that 39 per cent of placing requests for grant-aided or independent special schools are refused by local authorities, and that the additional support needs tribunal has not once upheld an appeal relating to a placing request made by a parent? He is aware that when the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 was passed, fears were expressed that special schools would lose out and cost considerations would take precedence over the educational needs of children. In the light of decisions to date, will the minister review the operation of the 2004 act as it impacts on such schools?