Provisions in the Education (Scotland) Act 2016 mean that from January 10th, youngsters aged between 12 and 15 who require additional support in their education will be able to influence the decision-making process.
As part of the move, pupils will be able to ask their school or local council to find out if they need extra help and to have a say in any support plans that are made.
They will also be entitled to have an advocate at meetings, to ensure their views are heard and to be actively involved in resolving disagreements about their support.
More information on rights around additional support in school available here.
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