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December 22
Further Education priorities likely to hit people who have learning disabilities

ENABLE Scotland has called for Scotland’s colleges to further assess the impact of cuts to further education as Scottish Government reforms to post-16 education are in danger of having a negative impact for students with learning disabilities. 

The Scottish Government is guaranteeing a learning or training opportunity to all 16-19 year olds in Scotland.  ENABLE Scotland is concerned that students who have learning disabilities – many of who do not leave school until their 19th birthday - will miss out.

A report published earlier this year by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability highlighted a 34% cut in part-time college places for adults with learning disabilities and ENABLE Scotland is concerned that this policy will have a further negative impact.

In response to the Scottish Government’s Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education, Mike Holmes, Executive Director (Campaigns) for ENABLE Scotland said:

“We welcome the guarantee of a learning or training opportunity for all 16-19 year olds but we have concerns that students who have learning disabilities will miss out on the opportunity for further education.  Colleges play a very important role in the lives of adults who have learning disabilities and one of the unintended consequences of this policy will be that fewer adults with learning disabilities will be able to go to college.  This will mean they do not gain employment skills and are even less likely to enter the labour market. 

Many people who have learning disabilities who cannot get a college place will require support during the day.  This will result in additional pressures being put on  local authority social work departments, or more likely, parents and informal carers.”

Click here for a copy of ENABLE Scotland's response to Putting Learners at the Centre - Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education.

  
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