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

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The First Minister:

The responsibility on the part of local authorities and schools, and indeed the Government, is to meet the needs of every child. Right now, we require to do so in very difficult and unique circumstances, but the responsibility continues to be there. There is flexibility for councils around the definitions of vulnerable children and children of key workers to help to ensure that that can be done. Within the support that is being made available to schools, and from schools to families, support for the particular needs of children with additional learning needs and children with disabilities is incredibly important, and I know that schools and local authorities are very cognisant of that.