ASL in Scottish school education: Exploring the gap between promise & practice.

Created on: 10 May 2019 | Last modified: 11 Apr 2024

Additional Support for Learning (ASL) provision has been the subject of intense scrutiny in Scotland in recent years.

This scrutiny is likely to be sustained as the complexity of needs among the learning population grows, against a backdrop of under-invested public services.

There is a well-evidenced gap between theories of inclusion, the law on children's rights, and daily practice in our schools; a gap which stems from massive under provision of the sources of support children required.

The EIS remains firmly committed to inclusive education in principle. We believe that education is a human right and that inclusive education, i.e. schools and classes comprising a diverse mix of learners, is the foundation of a more just society.

The presumption that, when appropriate, children will be educated alongside their peers in their local school is sound. The serious concerns our members have voiced repeatedly are about implementation of well-intentioned policies, and the gap between promise and practice.

Scotland's children, and Scotland's teachers, deserve a system where promise meets practice, not 'mainstreaming on the cheap'.

This new report summates EIS policy on ASL and shares our concerns about undervaluing; under-investing; rising need; and the implications of broader educational issues.

If you have any questions about or comment on this report, please contact the Education and Equality Department.

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