JGS Pupil Support Department
What are additional support needs?
All children and young people need support to help them learn. Through good quality learning and teaching, staff in early learning and child care settings and schools are able to meet a diverse range of needs without additional support.
Some children and young people will require support that is additional to, or different from, that received by children or young people of the same age to ensure they benefit from education, whether early learning, school or preparation for life after school. There are many reasons why children and young people may need support to help them learn.
Additional support needs can be both long- and short-term, or can simply refer to the help a child or young person needs in getting through a difficult period. Additional support needs can be due to:The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 informs practitioners and organisations of their duties, and parents of their rights, in respect of the provision of support for children and young people.
Department at a Glance
The Pupil Support Department works closely alongside other departments in the school to support pupils with Additional Support Needs to access a full and balanced curriculum. Our aim is to reduce barriers to learning by working cooperatively in classes with the class teacher, or working with pupils in tutorial groups and occasionally individually.
Principal Teacher: Mrs G Keddie (PT)
Teacher: Ms S Hainsworth
Pupil Support Assistants:
Mrs J McDonald, Mrs E Maxwell, Mrs L Brown, Mrs K Redpath, Mrs J Wallace
SfL base with Staff Base, 2 classrooms, Time Out room, ANA staffroom - the staff also support pupils in departments across the school.
The Purpose of the Pupil Support Department
The department has a number of roles within the school:
- Consultancy: providing advice, strategies and support to departments.
- Staff Development: keeping staff up to date about legislative or policy changes, new resources, and strategies to support pupils.
- Cooperative Teaching: working with a class teacher to plan and deliver the lesson, and to support individual pupils in class.
- Direct Teaching: working with individual pupils or small groups on basic literacy and numeracy. Teaching Moving On and Media Studies classes in S3-4.
- Liaison with External Agencies: liaison with agencies supporting pupils.
We support pupils in a variety of ways:
- Supporting individual pupils at meetings
- Tutorial Support Groups in S1 - S4
- Targeted support
- Anger/Behaviour Management
- Time Out facility
- Exam Support/ Preparation/ Study Skills
- Tracking Additional Needs (TAN)
- Literacy and Numeracy Intervention classes
- Assessment Arrangements
- Personal Achievement Award
- Personal Development Award
The department is well resourced with a large base. We have a variety of age appropriate reading material, which is suitable for a broad range of pupils. We have access to limited ICT resources; three networked PCs; Lap tops; literacy/numeracy programmes; reading comprehension material; and a selection of games to support basic skills.
We also have a collection of books available to staff and parents with information and strategies to support Additional Support Needs, such as Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; ADHD; Autistic Spectrum; Tourette’s; Speech and Language difficulties.
The department produces an information folder which is available on-line to all staff. This folder includes information on managing behaviour, SQA arrangements, CP, LAAC pupils and individual pages for pupils with specific learning needs.
The department is involved in assessing pupils at various stages of the school. Individual assessments can be carried out as necessary. Part of this assessment involves determining Additional Assessment Arrangements for SQA exams.
A crucial role of the department is liaising with other agencies. Agencies we work with on a regular basis include:
- Educational Psychological Services
- Spectrum Support
- ASL Technology
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Wilton Outreach / A2E
Scottish Advice service for Additional Support for Learning
Getting it Right for every child (GIRFEC)
Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)
What is GIRFEC? The Getting it right approach makes sure that all Scotland's children, young people and their families have consistent, co-ordinated support, when they need it.
British Dyslexia Society
British Dyslexia Association
UK national organization, offering a wide range of information for parents, dyslexic adults and teachers, with details of the international conferences it organizes,
Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation
Aspergers Syndrome Foundation
The Asperger's Syndrome Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of Asperger's Syndrome
Scottish Society for Autism
Scottish Autism is an autism charity that exists to help those diagnosed with autism to lead full and enriched lives and become valuable members of the community they live in.
ADD, ADHD, AD/HD, Dyslexia, Disability Issues and Parenting. Supporting and creating awareness for people with hidden impairments. Mixed with fun, cartoons and photos.