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***(UK) Scotland now has 29% of students with special needs

Jan 30, 2019, Belfast Telegraph: Ministers agree to review of mainstreaming in schools policy (STORY ABOUT SCOTLAND) The move should ensure more effective uptake of places in special schools and special units. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/ministers-agree-to-review-of-mainstreaming-in-schools-policy-37766780.html The Scottish Government has agreed to review its policy presumption to place pupils with additional support needs (ASN) in mainstream schools. The review will help ensure more effective uptakes of places in special schools and units and use of support staff. Since 2002, it has been a legal requirement in Scotland for pupils to be taught in a mainstream setting unless certain exemptions apply. … Labour education spokesman Iain Gray, whose party backed the Government but not the Tories, said the mainstreaming presumption is the right policy but it fails without adequate resources…. He said there are currently not adequate resources, with ASN pupils increasing by 68% since 2012 but trained ASN teachers falling by 500. The latest Scottish Government statistics show more than a quarter (28.7%) of pupils – 199,065 – had a recorded additional support need in 2018. Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said her party backs inclusive education but a review of the mainstreaming presumption is needed. “There is no denying the fact there is a growing number of young people for whom mainstreaming school is not appropriate, because it isn’t delivering for their best educational and social needs,” she said. “We have seen a significant rise in the demand for special education but the demand is not being fully met.” 199,065 Number of pupils with an additional support need in Scotland in 2018 … “Scotland’s inclusive approach celebrates diversity, and allows children and young people to develop an understanding and recognition of differences. “This contributes to the development of an increasingly compassionate and equal society…. He added: “Mainstreaming can work for many vision impaired children and young people, but currently too often the right support isn’t there for them. “New guidance for schools will be welcome, but it will only be effective if local authorities ensure the right resources are there to make it work, and that is why there is a need for a further review.”