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Response to Doran review

Children with complex additional support needs will have access to high quality services delivered where possible in their community.

This is one of the main recommendations in the Doran review, published yesterday, to provide the best opportunities for children in Scotland with complex additional support needs.

The main findings of the review are:

  • The good practice in existing services should be more widely shared
  • Increased strategic commissioning of specialist services for those with complex additional support needs
  • Strong partnership must be maintained to deliver reform of the sector between 2012 and 2017.

Dr Allan said:

“We are fully committed to supporting the 98,000 children and young people with additional support needs in Scotland, and providing them with the best opportunities to fulfil their potential. To match this commitment I can confirm today that we are maintaining over £10 million per year of funding to the additional support needs sector for the lifetime of the current spending review.

“I thank Peter Doran for his report and all of those who contributed to it. Scotland can rightly be proud of its inclusive approach to education for those with complex additional support needs. While our record is good the review clearly articulates the views of parents, children and young people and professionals on the areas we need to improve.

“We will now work to reform services, to deliver more services in local communities closer to where people need them and in partnership with the sector, local authorities, parents and pupils. We are clear that, for some, their needs will be better met by specialist services. This will continue. Detail of the process of reform is outlined in our long term plan for Additional Support for Learning which I am also pleased to announce today.”

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