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PE01381: Education provision for children and young people absent from school due to illness


Petitioner: Gwen Garner on behalf of Action for Sick Children (Scotland)


Date Lodged: 31 December 2010

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (a) demonstrate how all local authorities are consistently complying with the duties imposed on them by sections 1(1) and 14(1) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and section 2 of the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000 in respect of all children and young people who are absent from school through ill-health, regardless of where they live or where they are being treated and (b) review the Guidance on the Education of Children Absent from School through ill-health (Circular 5/2001).

Petition History:


25 January 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the Educational Institute of Scotland seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011

22 February 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points and to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to the petition. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011

20 September 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and a selection of local authorities (Highland, Glasgow, Fife, Shetland) seeking responses to specific points. Link to Official Report of 20 September 2011 

29 November 2011: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the grounds that the Scottish Government has now undertaken to conduct a review of the guidance, as sought by the petitioner, and the petitioner will be invited to participate in the review as a key stakeholder. Link to Official Report 29 November 2011

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