On why Sunday 14th November is a big day for Enquire….

Sunday 14th November 2010 is a big day for Enquire. Enquire give advice on what the law says about your rights to get extra help at school. That law is called the Additional Support for Learning Act (‘ASL Act’ for short). This year the Government has made some changes to the ASL Act, and on Sunday 14th the amended law will be introduced.

So what does this mean for you? Well… here are some of the new things that the amended law says:

- If you are looked after (sometimes called being in care), then your school must make sure you have the extra help that you need to get the most out of school.

-  If your parents/carers thinks you need extra help at school, they can ask at any time for a certain kind of test (like a medical check or a check to see if you have a learning difficulty like dyslexia). The test results can help the school work out what kind of help you need.

- The council have to make sure you and your parents/carers can get info about the law and rights to extra help at school. (Psst… remember that Enquire has lots of info in our young people’s guides!)

If you want to find out more about your rights and what the amended law says, call or email Enquire. We’re also updating all of our young people’s guides… so keep an eye on the website.

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