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Students to protest outside Highland Council HQ

By Neil MacPhail

TWO students with additional support needs (ASN) will protest outside Highland Council’s headquarters in Inverness next Friday over impending cuts to classroom pupil support.

Teenagers Skye Hawkins and Amiebeth Ross, who attend Glen Urquhart High School, have invited others to join them from 2pm until 4pm.

Highland Council says action is necessary to reduce the budget for ASN, which has risen by 20 per cent over the past four years. In-class support will continue to be provided, but only for those assessed as being in greatest need. It has also promised a “phased approach” to change but this is not good enough for Miss Hawkins (17) of Cannich.

She said: “If my school had only helped those working at a lower level then I would have never been given any support and dread to think what that would have meant.

“The ASN staff at Glen Urquhart High School are the only reason I am currently in school.”

A Facebook page – Stop Highland Council Getting Rid of Pupil Support – has been set up to give details of the proposed action.

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