Additional Support for Learning (Presumption of Mainstreaming)

Part of Portfolio Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 6 June 2024.

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Photo of Jenny Gilruth Jenny Gilruth Scottish National Party 2:00, 6 June 2024

I thank the member for her interest in the matter. Those frustrations were voiced in the committee inquiry’s evidence sessions, of which I took cognisance. I have been keen that we in the Government listen to the committee’s findings and reflect them in our updated ASL action plan. To that end, I was clear in my own evidence to the committee that there is a need to provide more clarity for parents and carers, particularly in relation to the placing requests to which the member alludes. The action plan has a very strong focus on improving the consistency and visibility of our communications on ASL policy and the legislative position, which will address the points made by the member. We are also committed to refreshing the ASL code of practice, and work is on-going in that area, too.