Scottish children ‘have most rights in Europe’ in education

Children in Scotland now have the most rights in Europe if they need additional help with schooling, Education Secretary John Swinney said. He spoke out as new legislation extending their rights come into force. reports

Provisions in the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 mean that from January 10 youngsters aged between 12 and 15 who require additional support in their education will be able to influence decisions about this. 

As part of this, students will be able to ask their school or local council to find out if they need extra help and to have a say in any support plans that are made.

They will also be entitled to have an advocate at meetings, to ensure their views are heard and to be actively involved in resolving disagreements about their support.

Mr Swinney said: ““I am already extremely proud of our record on inclusion but the new measures introduced today go even further to ensure that children in Scotland have the most rights in Europe when it comes to accessing the support they need within the education system.”

Advice service Enquire, which works with those who need additional support for learning, also welcomed the changes, with manager Sally Cavers stating: ” We know from our work with children and young people how important it is that they feel genuinely involved and listened to by the professionals supporting them, and how much this can influence whether they feel school is a negative or positive experience.”

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