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Published, 21 June 2016

Teacher cuts could have impact on pupil attainment

Thousands of Scottish children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) may not be getting the support they need according to the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC), making it harder to close the educational attainment gap.

Additional support may be required for those who, for example, have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, learning difficulties, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), physical or mental health problems, or are care experienced. Those with ASN come disproportionately from lower income families and areas of deprivation.

According to the answer to a Parliamentary Question from Miles Briggs MSP the number of ASN teachers has fallen in 22 of the 32 Scottish local authorities, despite one in five of the school population identified as having ASN.

Read the full report on the SCSC website.

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