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May 04
Let’s bridge the gap in teacher training


I’m sure everyone who reads this blog agrees with us that children, young people and adults who have learning disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to an education that will enable them to reach their full potential.

But did you know that in Scotland training in learning disability and autism is not mandatory for teachers or support staff?

Our new report, Bridging the Training Gap, says that none of Scotland’s thirty two local authorities provide mandatory training on learning disability and autism for education staff.  Local authorities choose to provide general training on additional support needs and equalities, but even this is only mandatory in five areas.

It is vital that all school staff recognise the challenges faced by children and young people who have learning disabilities.  Without adequate training, often education staff cannot fully support pupils to meet these challenges successfully.

Please support us in challenging the new Scottish Government to make sure all teachers and support staff have received training on learning disability and autism as part of their teacher training.  You can sign our petition here:

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