Petition by Linda Whitmore, on behalf of ENABLE Scotland, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that all teachers and support staff are fully trained to provide the right additional support for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders in Scottish schools.

Number of signatures: 2447
Date lodged: 11 November 2011


13 December 2011: The Committee took evidence from Linda Whitmore, Development Officer, Children and Young People, Nigel Over, Trustee and Amanda Bradley, Member, ENABLE Scotland and agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Education Scotland, the Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland and local authorities. Link to Official Report 13 December 2011 (470KB pdf)

6 March 2012: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Education and Culture Committee, under Rule 15.6.2, for further consideration of the issues raised in the petition. Link to Official Report 6 March 2012 (287KB pdf)

17 April 2012: The Education and Culture Committee considered Petition PE1409 by Linda Whitmore, on behalf of ENABLE Scotland, on training for education staff on learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. The Committee agreed to consider the issues raised in the petition as part of its one-off evidence session on Additional Support for Learning, to write to the General Teaching Council for Scotland and the Association of Headteachers and Deputies in Scotland and to highlight the petition to the Scottish Government's National Partnership Group. Link to Official Report 17 April 2012 (399KB pdf)   

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