IMPROVEMENTS have been promised to the assessment process when a child is showing signs of need for additional support.
Council officials have now provided assurances that the engagement process will be upgraded, after Jackie McCamon, a ward councillor for Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, raised serious concerns over the current arrangements at last week’s meeting of Dumfries and Galloway’s Education and Learning Committee that the assessment process remained a source of frustration for many parents and carers.
The councillor said: “One of the most significant issues brought to my attention time and time again by constituents is that parents and carers’ frustration at the absence of communication in the assessment process.
“It is really disappointing that parents are left feeling this way.”
Miss McCamon told the committee: “There is no disputing the challenges that the education team have faced during covid and I absolutely recognise the tremendous job they have done and continue to do so.
“But my understanding is that this was a big barrier prior to the pandemic.”