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 Robert Brown Robert Brown Liberal Democrat 2:15 pm, 8th March 2007

We said from the outset that we would keep the 2004 act under review. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education will conclude its inspection of the act's operation later this year and we will review the matter in that context. To support implementation of the 2004 act and to help inform practice, we have set up a national advisory group, which might well be able to consider not just matters to do with the tribunal but broader issues.

The 2004 act came into force relatively recently and a reasonably small number of references have been made to the tribunal—I think that there have been around 42 references and 20-odd decisions. We must move forward a little so that we can gain perspective and consider the wider issues that emerge from judgments. From April, we intend to publish anonymised decisions on the additional support needs tribunals for Scotland website, which will give coherence to the consideration of the decision-making process.