National legislation and policy context

The laws and supporting policies regarding dyslexia and inclusion are intended to make a difference.

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Education Scotland Review -  'Making Sense: Education for Children and Young People with Dyslexia in Scotland' 

In 2014, an important review was carried out by Education Scotland of education for dyslexic children and young people in Scotland. The report of that review included 5 important recommendations, which were carried out over the following 5 years. Dyslexia Scotland worked closely with all the partners as part of the Dyslexia 'Making Sense' Working Group set up by the Scottish Government. Details of group membership, minutes of meetings and progress can be found here.  

The Making Sense Final Report was launched by the Deputy First Minister Mr John Swinney on 30th January 2020. The report outlines the positive progress made in supporting the implementation of the five recommendations. An Executive Summary is also available. A range of resources set within the Scottish context have been produced to support ongoing improvement in the identification and support of learners with dyslexia.  For further details visit this page on tne Addressing Dyslexia toolkit,

One of the resources was a professional learning resource, 'Route map: Career long professional learning for dyslexia'. It is designed to support learning about and understanding of dyslexia and inclusive practice. Click here to see it.

[Details of the previous Education Scotland report (2008) can be found at the bottom of this page.]

Additional Support for Learning Act

The Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 set out the responsibilities education authorities and other agencies have for helping young people with additional support needs.

Amendments to the Act were agreed in 2009. These changes  came into force in November 2010, giving the authorities new duties and parents new rights, such as:

Assessment: local authorities must respond to any reasonable requests for an assessment.

Provision: Local authorities must make information available to all parents about the provision in their area for children with additional support needs.

Scottish Ministers have to gather and publish information every year about the number of children with additional support needs in each local authority area; the main reasons for them needing support; the types of support provided; and how much is being spent.


Dyslexia Scotland responds to a number of consultations affecting people with dyslexia. If you are interested in feeding your comments into our responses to public consultations, please keep an eye on the News section of this website for details of the latest consultations.

Examples of recent responses to consultations:

Consultation on extending the rights of children with capacity under the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 (as Amended) and repealing section 70 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.

The deadline for this consultation was 28 March 2014.

Click here to see Dyslexia Scotland’s response.

Click here to see all the responses

Consultation on Planning improvements for disabled pupils' access to education (March 2014)

Click here to see Dyslexia Scotland’s response.

In 2013, we responded to a Scottish Government discussion paper on a Letter of Rights for Scotland.

Click here for our response and click here for our leaflet on Dyslexia-Friendly Formats, referred to in the response.

From 1 July 2013, anyone brought into police custody in Scotland will receive a non-statutory Letter of Rights. This consultation exercise helped to shape the language and format of the Letter  to deliver a more informative and accessible document.

The Letter is available here on the Scottish Government website. The Scottish Government intends to produce the Letter in other accessible formats.

Click here for Dyslexia Scotland's response to a proposal for a Children and Young People Bill (September 2012).

Click here for Dyslexia Scotland's response to the June 2012 SQA consultation on Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Candidates in National Qualifications in Scotland.

Framework for inclusion

The Scottish Teacher Education Committee launched the Framework for Inclusion in April 2009. An online Resource Bank accompanies the Framework. The Addressing Dyslexia Toolkit can be found in this Resource Bank. You can see the framework here.

Education for learners with dyslexia

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education report ‘Education for learners with dyslexia’ October 2008. Dyslexia Scotland was on the working group for this review. Download a copy here.

As outlined at the top of this page, Education Scotland carried out a second review of the issues raised in this report. The review included focus groups of parents organised by Dyslexia Scotland. The report was launched in May 2014.

‘Teaching Scotland's Future’ - review of teacher education in Scotland

National Partnership Group Report to the Cabinet Secretary for Education 

The National Partnership Group was formed by the Scottish Government to take forward the recommendations in the ‘Teaching Scotland's Future’ review (2011) by Professor Graham Donaldson.

The Group reported to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in November 2012, with proposals on how to implement the recommendations of the review of teacher education in Scotland.

The proposals cover the whole spectrum of teacher education from initial teacher education, probationer period through to leadership.

For further details and links to the reports, click here

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