Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Mark McDonald Mark McDonald Independent

I entirely support the measures that the First Minister has outlined. However, as the parent of a child with additional support needs, and having undertaken home schooling during the previous lockdown, I am acutely aware of the difficulties that will be faced by many families with at least one child with a disability or such additional needs in being able to deliver home learning for all their children on an equitable basis.

How tightly will the definition of vulnerability, to which the First Minister alluded, be drawn? What steps will be taken to give families of children who have additional support needs and disabilities the appropriate support to ensure that they can provide equitable home learning for all the children in their household?