Less than £4,000 a year is spent in Scotland on each child with additional support needs such as autism or learning disabilities.

Less than £4,000 a year is spent in Scotland on each child with additional support needs such as autism or learning disabilities.

Research carried out by a coalition of charities and children’s bodies has found that additional support for pupils with educational barriers has been cut by almost £500 or 11% since 2012.

Children who were previously educated outside of mainstream schools are now being included but they are not getting the specialist help they need, the organisations have said.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) has demanded the Scottish Government invest more in additional support needs (ASN) to ensure all pupils are able to achieve their potential in mainstream schools.

The call comes in its submission to a Scottish Government consultation on guidance on mainstreaming, the principle that all children and young people be educated in a mainstream school environment, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

The coalition cites the poor experience many children have in such an environment as clear evidence that more needs to be done if genuine inclusion is to be achieved.

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