Falkirk Educational Psychology Service Practitioners Pages

Materials, advice and guidance for practitioners

Materials and Practice Guides

The following are links to materials and advice on a range of themes. Some the EPS has written, often in partnership, or we are recommending at the point the link was updated.

It is recommended practice to discuss with a peer or colleague the guidance or strategies published on here to determine which approaches would be most likely to be successful with the child or group of children that you are thinking about.

Guidance and Materials from Falkirk EPS

Additional Support Needs

The Rights of Children with Additional Support Needs

This film aims to increase knowledge and awareness among parents and practitioners of new children’s rights legislation. The Education (Scotland) Act 2016 (commenced in January 2018) has provided children aged 12-15 years with Additional Support Needs (ASN) with independent rights regarding their education which are almost equivalent to those held by parents and young people, including the right to advice and information and to request particular types of assessment. This link takes you to a short film, the full report and a summary report.

Review of additional support for learning implementation report (independent review) (published by Scottish Government June 2020) and executive summary.

Better outcomes for children who need additional support (Scottish Government published March 2019) includes link to updated presumption of mainstreaming guidance and inclusion resources developed by Education Scotland.

Assessment of social emotional development

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire – website

Parent version scoring tool – SDQ Excel tool

Attention Difficulties

Attention Difficulties and Intervention Strategies in the classroom

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder advice and guidance


The Autism Toolbox is a great source of advice and materials for parents and teachers. It is advised to use the tools or materials in discussion with a colleague or parent in order to identify specific approaches or strategies and agree a consistent approach. It was created through a Scottish Government Project.

One of the approaches that is recommended for children with autism, to help them understand the social world and their behaviour in it is a Social Story TM (Carol Gray). There are a number of videos available online. This one is particularly helpful for thinking about how to write a social story.

Video modelling and video self-modelling are more recent innovations that can assist pupils with autism learn social behaviours. The article and links in this page are a useful place to start if you identify that a video approach may be helpful.

Understanding different behaviours between school and home (provided by the National Autistic Society)

Understanding the Spectrum (a brief summary available in different languages)

Behaviour and education interventions

Resources to accompany the Understanding Behaviour in Context training

Understanding behaviour PDF handout

Child Protection

Falkirk Council and Forth Valley child protection policies, procedures & guidelines

Education Scotland have provided Domestic abuse information for educators.

Domestic abuse learning resource for professionals –  awareness-raising resource serves as an introduction to domestic abuse and coercive control. The tool provides an overview of the main considerations when responding to domestic abuse, however it does not replace specialist domestic abuse training.

See also sections below: Nurture, Trauma and Adversity & Risk Assessment and Management

Digital Inclusion & Online Learning

New partnership offer to improve availability of online learning across Scotland (announced 25 June 2020)

Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)

GIRFEC Falkirk Practitioner Pages

The Child’s Plan

GIRFEC policy update from Scottish Government in September 2019

Grief & Loss

Supporting Children in Grief

Growth Mindset

Mindset – 8 tips to promote a growth mindset


Quick reference on most effective learning approaches chart (2019) based on the John Hattie meta-studies captured in “Visible Learning”. Collective Teacher Efficacy is #1.


Specific Learning Differences and Literacy Pathway Falkirk Council April 2018

Further information on the literacy pathway and materials is available on the Specific Learning Differences blog.

The Addressing Literacy Toolkit is a free resource managed by dyslexia Scotland and funded by Scottish Government. Free online modules are available as part of the resource which support GTC Scotland Professional Standards, Professional Update and Professional Recognition .

Paired Reading and Thinking resources.

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy & Learning) based at the University of Edinburgh have a range of materials to help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning including assisting with reading difficulties, Android Apps for reading and writing difficulties (including dyslexia), iPad Apps for reading and writing difficulties (including dyslexia).

Mental Wellbeing and Health

Self Harm Leaflet

Information on referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Forth Valley.

Stress and mindfulness – a post for Christmas on stress

An e-learning module called ‘We All Have Mental Health: an introduction for teachers’ is available from the Scottish Association for Mental Health website


Guidance for assessment and intervention for identifying and supporting specific learning differences in numeracy (dyscalculia) is available from East Dunbartonshire Council. It is based on the specific learning differences (literacy) pathway designed by Falkirk Council available above. East Dunbartonshire Dyscalculia Guidance (2018)

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy & Learning) based at the University of Edinburgh have a range of materials to help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning including iPad Apps for children/young people with numeracy difficulties (including dyscalculia).


Nurture Training Materials on the GIRFEC practitioners pages

Draft Nurture Strategy (2016)

Nurturing Schools Pack FINAL

Education Scotland Applying Nurture As a Whole School Approach – A framework to support self-evaluation includes a self-evaluation tool for considering inclusive transitions to ensure effective support for children and young people during the covid-19 pandemic (from Inverclyde Educational Psychology Service).

Nurture, Trauma and Adversity

Education Scotland have developed a range of curricular materials targeted at upper primary to support pupils learning:


Psychological Services are piloting an Education Scotland training resource to support practitioners in this area and more details are available here: CCC-training-launch-leaflet

Reading at home

Shared reading is a great way to develop children’s language and communication and to boost their reading skills. The Education Endowment Foundation have 7 top tips to support reading at home. This is also available in the following languages: BengaliLithuanianPolishPunjabi and Urdu. You can access the translations here.

Risk Assessment and Management

Falkirk Council and Forth Valley child protection policies, procedures & guidelines

The National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People (Scottish Government, 2012) is a ‘toolkit’ for child protection to support practioners in identifying and acting on child protection risks in children and young people.

Forth Valley Managing Sexualised Behaviour guidelines

Falkirk Council Care and Risk Management (CARM) procedure recognises the link between young people’s offending/risk taking behaviour and unmet need. It applies to young people between 12-18 years within Falkirk Council who present a serious risk of harm to others as a result of sexual and/or violent behaviour.

The Framework for Risk Assessment, Management and Evaluation (FRAME) (2014) is for local authorities and partners working with children and young people who offend (managing high risk and transitions).

Falkirk Council risk assessment pro-formas

Self Regulation

Supporting Children to Learn Self Regulation

Social Skills

Circle of Friends – 2001, Circle of friends Training Pack 2

Solution Oriented Approaches

Solution Orientated Approaches

Severe and Complex Learning Needs

Falkirk Educational Psychology Service provide link Psychologist support to two Primary School Wings and a Secondary provision within Falkirk for pupils with severe and complex needs. Our team also provide strategic consultation and training to this sector such as input on the Low Arousal Approach to behaviour, which was delivered in May 2019. This training includes the Star Analysis framework for analysing behaviour.

A useful framework for practitioners supporting pupils with severe and complex learning needs was developed by South Lanarkshire and can be referred to on their website by clicking on the link. Aberdeen have developed advice on Extending the Early Level Curriculum and NICE offer useful guidance on supporting challenging behaviour and children, young people and adults with learning difficulties.

CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy & Learning) based at the University of Edinburgh have a range of materials to help children and young people across Scotland to overcome disability and barriers to learning including assisting with: Android Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs, iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs, iPad Apps for Learners with Complex Additional Support NeedsEye Gaze Software Curve, Eye Gaze Setup Guide

Trauma informed practice


Trauma Sensitive Schools Checklist

Advice and Materials from other sites

Adoption UK

Lets Learn Together: A guide for parents and teachers of adopted children in primary schools in Scotland

Addressing Barriers to Learning

Dundee Educational Psychology Service have made available online support materials within their ABLe process. It is “based on the idea that successful learning takes place when the learning profiles of each member of the group or class interact positively with the learning environment on offer.”

There are a series of mind maps, notes and ideas available for practitioners in schools to use. It is important to consider both the learning environment as well as the learner themselves. It is recommended to talk through the process and materials with a colleague and ask Falkirk EPS for advice if you are a Falkirk based practitioner rather than the Dundee EPS.  Topics include:

  • attention
  • memory
  • organisation
  • language/communication
  • selective mutism
  • motor movements
  • reading
  • spelling
  • numeracy
  • self-regulation
  • behaviour management
  • anxiety and trauma
  • attachment difficulties
  • anger and conflict
  • bereavement

Selective Mutism

The Educational Psychology Services of Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council produced guidance with health partners that can really assist school based practitioners work with children who have or may have selective mutism. Their guidance is available here.

Sexualised behaviour – Guidance

Guidance that was developed across Forth valley to assist practitioners in Managing Sexualised Behaviour.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

The main advise is to be confident in the schools assessment of teaching and learning with additional support needs; use the positive behaviour and relationship based practices of the school and consider specific targeted intervention based on assessment. This is a helpful guide from the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK.

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