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Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Inquiry: Education, Children and Young People Committee

November 2023

The Education, Children and Young People Committee at the Scottish Parliament is conducting an inquiry into Additional Support for Learning (ASL).

The inquiry will focus on the following themes:

· the implementation of the presumption of mainstreaming, meaning that, where possible, children and young people with additional support needs should be educated in mainstream schools alongside other pupils, rather than in special schools

· the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on additional support for learning

· the use of remedies as set out in the Act. These are dispute resolution options that are used when someone wants to dispute whether the provision put in place is adequate to support their child’s additional support needs.

The Inquiry has issued a call for written evidence which is open until 31 December 2023.

You can click here to find out more about the inquiry and how to submit a response

Evidence and resources

Children in Scotland has a wealth of evidence from our existing project work about what children and young people who are entitled to additional support in school want and need.

To support organisations with their response to the consultation we have collated our own evidence on this page.

Below you can read reports, policy summaries and resources all of which are based on our engagement with children, young people and families.

Additional Support for Learning Action Plan Report

Children in Scotland – Education Briefing

Previous relevant consultation responses 

Inclusion Ambassadors

My Rights My Say

Access All Arts Fund

Pupil Support Staff

Want to find out more?

If you want to discuss any of these resources, please contact Chris Ross, Policy, Projects and Participation Manager,

This page will be updated regularly with new evidence and resources.

We would be really keen to include evidence from our members on this page to support other responses. Please also contact Chris if you have evidence you would like to share on this page.


Find out more about Enquire, the national advice and information service for additional support for learning

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A website to help you understand children's rights to be supported and involved in decisions

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Resolve: ASL

The largest independent mediation provider in Scotland

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My Rights, My Say

A support service providing advice and information for 12-15 yr olds on their rights to additional support

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Inclusion Ambassadors

Find out more about the aims and work of the group

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Children and young people's participation

Our goal is to engage young people in meaningful, ongoing dialogue so they participate in all areas of our work

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