A free online resource developed to support the inclusion of autistic learners in Scottish Early Learning and Childcare settings, Primary and Secondary schools.

Scottish Context

Scotland’s education system is an inclusive one and designed to make sure that every child and young person is entitled to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide.


As we consider the educational provision for autistic children and young people in Scotland, it is important to acknowledge and consider the national agenda, legislative and guidance context that local authorities, educational practitioners and health care professionals work within.

The image below provides you with an overview of the Scottish education and equality context in mainstream education services in Scotland.

Scottish Context overview diagram

Children’s rights and entitlements are fundamental to Scotland’s approach to inclusive education. It is supported by the legislative framework and key policy drivers including, Curriculum for Excellence and the Framework for Professional Standards for teachers. Within the Getting it right for every child Framework there is an expectation that partnership working to ensure that children receive the right support at the right time for the right people, this includes, families, education, social work, health and third sector partners.  

Services need to work together in a coordinated way to meet the specific needs and improve the wellbeing of children and young people.

Further Professional Development

Select here to access the Professional Reflection and Planning Tool on this section - 'Scottish Context and Inclusion Professional Reflection and Planning Tool'.

Select here to access the free online module 'Introduction to Inclusive Education'.