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Summary

  1. MSPs continue to debate 'Scotland's Choice' before parliament votes on whether to seek a second independence at decision time
  2. Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament
  3. MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU
  4. Ms Sturgeon says the move is needed to allow Scotland to decide what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote
  5. The UK government has already said it will block a referendum until the Brexit process has been completed

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. MSPs back the referendum call

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    Image caption: Ms Sturgeon will outline next month how she will respond if the UK government continues to block a referendum

    Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland has been formally backed by the Scottish Parliament.

    MSPs voted by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU.

    Ms Sturgeon says the move is needed to allow Scotland to decide what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote.

    But the UK government has already said it will block a referendum until the Brexit process has been completed.

    Prime Minister Theresa May, who met Ms Sturgeon for talks in Glasgow on Monday, has repeatedly insisted that "now is not the time" for a referendum.

    Read more here.

    That brings our coverage of the Scottish Parliament on this historic day to a close. 

    We'll be back tomorrow at 10am.

    Have a good night. 

  2. Government will carefully consider each recommendation made by Enable Scotland

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    Ms Somerville says the government will carefully consider each recommendation made by Enable Scotland.

    The minister praises teachers and support staff for the work they do in schools throughout Scotland.

    That ends the debate. 

  3. 'This is a challenge for each and everyone of us '

    Ms Somerville

    Ms Somerville says this is an emotional debate, and rightly so as there is surely nothing more important than the start we give our children.

    The minister says: "This is a challenge for each and everyone of us to examine our attitudes to those with additional support needs."

    Labour MsP Johann Lamont says resources do matter and classroom support is being lost.

    Ms Somerville says she does not disagree that resources are an issue and she says all the councils and the Scottish government will have to be responsible for their budget decisions.

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    From Enable Scotland:

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  5. Minister praises Enable Scotland's report Included in the Main?!

    Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville
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    Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville says Scotland has one of the most inclusive systems across Europe.

    Ms Somerville says: "We thoroughly reject the idea that any child cannot be educated."

    She says there is an improving picture in the education of children with ASN but she accepts there is much room for improvement.

    The minister praises Enable Scotland's report Included in the Main?!

    She says the challenge is that all childrne particpate in all aspects of school llife.

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    From Enable Scotland:

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  7. '98% of the education workforce feels that training is not adequate'

    From Enable Scotland:

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  8. Tory MSP says mainstreaming by and large is a positive and good thing

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour says Scotland has come a long way as a civic society and in education as mainstreaming by and large is a positive and good thing.

    However, Mr Balfour says the report from Enable Scotland is a "wake up call".

    The Tory MSP says parents have to keep asking local authorities and head teachers for things that should automatically come to them.

    "That's fine if you are pushy and articulate like my mother" he says, but less so if you are not.

    He says: "No child should be excluded."

  9. '60% of pupils with learning disabilities feel lonely at school'

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  10. Labour MSP says post-graduate training in additional support needs is in decline

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    Labour MSP Daniel Johnson thanks Enable Scotland and he says it is important where the situation can be made better.

    Mr Johnson says the education committee has been looking at additional support needs and has heard some teachers are only recieving cascade training.

    He says post-graduate training in additional support needs is in decline.

  11. Independence vote should be autumn 2018, says Scottish Green MSP

    Following Holyrood's vote to back calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, Scottish Green MSP Ross Greer said it was vital to give people in Scotland the choice in autumn 2018 "when the details of the Brexit deal are known".

    Quote Message: What’s essential now is that the forthcoming referendum on independence invokes the spirit of the 2014 referendum and does not repeat the mistakes of the 2016 EU referendum, a process which isolated so many in our country from Ross Greer Scottish Green MSP
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  12. Mr Dey praises those who work with children with additional support needs

    Mr Dey

    Mr Dey says this is about mental wellbeing with 60% of kids saying they are lonely at school.

    He praises those who work with children with additional support needs. 

    The SNP MSP says Included in the Main sums the situation up rather well.

    He says we need to ensure the policies are there to properly support children

  13. UK minister David Mundell: 'No vote talks until Brexit complete'

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    Video caption: UK government minister David Mundell: 'We are saying no at this time'