After conducting an in-depth consultation with parents, teachers and pupils at the end of 2017, a report on the Council’s proposals on educational provision for children with additional support needs has now been published.
The consultation which ran from13 November to 22 December asked stakeholders to share their views on the following proposals:
- Rename the Language & Communication Resource based within Castlehill Primary, Bearsden as an Enhanced Support Base and extend the service it offers to assess and support children’s needs in the early years.
- Set up a similar Enhanced Support Base in Wester Cleddens Primary in Bishopbriggs offering the same increased service.
- Close the Language & Communication Resource (LCR) based in Twechar Primary School which currently offers part-time places.
- Children who meet the criteria for enhanced support, access the base that most suits their needs and geographical location.
The report lays out the views of Education Scotland on the educational benefits of the Council’s proposals as well as feedback from the consultation and other issues that the Council should consider when deciding whether or not to proceed.
The report will be published today, and can be accessed online at https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/enhanced-support-bases. Reference copies will be available to view at each school involved, and at the Council Offices, 12 Strathkelvin Place, Kirkintilloch.
Depute Chief Executive, Education, People & Business, Ann Davie, said, “I would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in this consultation, your feedback has been vital in preparing proposals to enhance educational provision for children with additional support needs in East Dunbartonshire.”
Ann continued, “This consultation report will be publicly available for a three week period and I would urge anyone with an interest to view the document online before 15 March 2018. Following this date the Council will decide whether or not to go ahead with proposals.”
Following the Council’s decision in March the next steps will be:
- East Dunbartonshire Council must notify the Scottish Government within six days of its decision
- Scottish Ministers have six weeks to decide whether to call in that decision for review
- During the first half of that deliberation, interested parties can make representations directly to ministers.