Council opens consultation period on school provision

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COUNCIL officials are seeking the views of parents, young people, school staff and other professionals in Aberdeenshire in a bid to help shape the future provision of services for children with additional learning needs.

The authority will consult until Friday, December 14, as part of a comprehensive review of how it delivers these services.

Services for children with additional support needs are currently provided by Aberdeenshire’s four special schools, over 40 units, bases and learning centres, support for learning teams and specialist services such as sensory support and English as an Additional Language teams.

Those who take part in the consultation will be asked to share their views about the current provision, as well as give ideas about how service delivery could be reshaped.

An online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GRCY82V for parents to share their views until Friday, December 7, while school staff will receive a consultation pack to discuss their views as a team.

In addition, consultation events will be held across Aberdeenshire in the coming weeks for parents, carers, school staff and other professionals to attend.

Provisional dates include Ellon on Wednesday, December 5, from 9.30-11.30am and Inverurie on the same day from 1.30-3.30pm.

Venues have still to be confirmed.

A report on the consultation and engagement findings is expected to come before the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee in February of next year, along with a proposal for reshaping enhanced provision.

It is expected that improved changes to the current provision would be implemented from August of next year.

Education, Learning and Leisure Committeec chair, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “It is very important that as many people as possible from across Aberdeenshire get involved in this consultation.

“We want to know your views on the current enhanced provision which is in place in Aberdeenshire and how you feel the service should develop in future years.

“The fundamental aim of the review is to ensure equity of high-quality provision for meeting additional support needs across Aberdeenshire.”

Anyone wanting more information or to provide additional feedback, contact a member of Education, Learning and Leisure’s Inclusion and Integration team: