Scott: Transform education for additional support needs pupils

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called for better resourcing of additional support needs services after MSPs were told that one Scottish teacher was instructed to "watch The Big Bang Theory" as training for dealing with a pupil with Asperger syndrome.

Speaking after a session at which Holyrood's education committee took evidence on pupils with additional support needs, Mr Scott said:

“Instructions for teachers to watch Big Bang Theory will only exacerbate concerns that those teaching pupils with additional support needs do not have the training and resources that they need. 

“The number of pupils identified with additional needs is on the rise and the Scottish Government has failed to meet its target for reducing class sizes. 

“The lack of resources and training is clearly impacting on teachers’ ability to meet all learners’ needs and in turn setting up a whole generation to fail. 

“In the recent budget negotiations the SNP passed up an opportunity to deliver a significant investment in education. Now Scottish ministers must work to ensure teachers are able to give pupils with additional support needs the education they deserve.”

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