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Support for Learning

Support for Learning

How is support for learning organised in Clackmannanshire?

All children and young people need support to help them learn. The main sources of support in pre-school provision and schools are the staff who, through their normal practice and the use of the GIRFEC approach, are able to meet a diverse range of needs.

With good quality teaching and learning and an appropriate curriculum most children and young people are able to benefit appropriately from education without the need for additional support.

Some children or young people will require additional support, for example:

  • A particular approach to learning and teaching used with children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia or sensory impairments;
  • Tutorial support from a Support for Learning teacher to help with a reading difficulty;
  • Class teacher helping a child by following a behaviour management programme drawn up in consultation with a behaviour support teacher/psychologist;
  • A Supervisory Assistant (SA) working with a child or young person to implement a communication programme drawn up by a Speech and Language therapist;
  • Planned outdoor activities to reinforce experiential learning;
  • Participating in a life skills course;
  • An Inclusion Support teacher and class teacher working together to adapt and differentiate materials to make lesson accessible for a particular pupil;
  • Specialist equipment support from physiotherapy or occupational therapy;
  • Supported work experience or college placement;
  • Support where English is a second language;
  • A Circle of Friends created to support inclusion;
  • Bereavement counselling, Seasons for Growth;
  • Career support to engage choices for education, training or employment in preparation for leaving school.

Class teachers and support staff have access to a wide range of training to equip them to meet the needs of pupils with additional support needs.

Interventions are specific to the needs of the child or young person and take account of their particular individual circumstances. These would be identified through the Staged Intervention process.

All Clackmannanshire establishments have access to a range of staff who support children/young people with additional support needs. Some are located in establishments while others are peripatetic. Peripatetic staff provide support across a range of schools.

Every secondary school has a pupil support team which is responsible for developing support systems for young people.

For Further Information Contact

Educational Support Officer, Education & Schools
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000
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