Support for Learning (SfL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The Support for Learning (SfL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department


The Support for Learning Department at Shawlands Academy is part of the wider Pupil Support Team, based in the South corridor of the school (South 7.5, 8, 9 and 10) and is made up of the  following staff members:

Carol Cutler,  Depute Head Teacher Pupil Support (Monday – Friday) 

Victoria Blair Gardner,  Principal Teacher of SfL and  EAL (Monday – Friday)           

Faye Murray Foster (Monday – Wednesday)

Rachel Dooris (Wednesday – Thursday) 

Yvette Ludvigsen (Monday- Friday)           

Mrs Datta (Wednesday – Thursday)

Miss Boyle  (Monday – Friday)   

Mrs McFadden  *Wednesday – Friday)               

Derek Barton (SfL Worker)

Paula Fowler (Monday – Friday) 
Susan Crawford (Monday – Friday: mornings only)

Marianne Kelly (Monday – Thursday: mornings only)



Here at Shawlands Academy, we offer a nurturing and inclusive environment where our pupils flourish. Our experienced staff with specialist training in SfL and EAL can provide a range of strategies to support pupils with Additional Support Needs access the curriculum, including:

  • P7 Enhanced Transition
  • Post-School Enhanced Transition (college, university or employment)
  • Personalised Support Targets (regularly reviewed)
  • Technology to assist with learning
  • Digital Skills training: including Ivona Reader, My Study Bar and iPad Apps
  • Support in the identification of Additional Support Needs
  • Engagement at Staged Intervention Meetings (SIM) and Joint Support Team (JST)
  • Staff support for external visits and trips for pupils with ASNs
  • Study support in one-to-one or small group settings
  • S3 and S4 Study Support classes in English and Maths
  • Study skills, techniques, and strategies
  • Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAAs)
  • Early Lunch/Early Exit Pass
  • Equipment Loan (iPad keyboards/Sensory Ear Defenders/Coloured Overlays)
  • In-class support, where appropriate
  • Daily Chill Club  – games of Uno and a chance to relax and unwind are on offer for pupils who need a quiet break and lunch space
  • Supported Study for the Senior Phase (Wider Achievement)
  • Partnership work with other support agencies including FARE, Action for Children, MCR Pathways, HISS, SALT, OT, Neurodevelopmental Team Gorbals Health Centre, Social Work, Educational Psychology etc.
  • Named link Support for Learning teacher for each pupil with an identified Additional Support Need, working with Pastoral Care, subject teachers, Heads of Year and families to provide all round support for learning.
  • Delivery of Prince’s Trust Achieve classes
  • Delivery of N3,4,5 and Higher ESOL)
  • Delivery of English, Maths and Digital Skills focus groups for the BGE
  • Fresh Start Literacy Programme (

Additional Resources

Technology and Accessibility

Free Accessibility Software for Use at Home

iPad Accessibility

Microsoft Accessibility

IVONA MiniReader

IVONA Digital Reader (Power Point detailing how to access in school and from home)

CALL Scotland – Technology Support in Accessing Teaching and Learning

My Study Bar  (a group of free portable Windows apps put into one package to support learners with literacy difficulties)

Microsoft Immersive Reader – this interactive guide covers all the ways to use Immersive Reader with apps like:

✅ Microsoft Word
✅ Office Lens
✅ Onenote
✅ Microsoft Teams

EAL and ESOL Resources

One Stop English

Free Talking Books for Teens

Breaking News Articles – 7 different levels

Macmillan Activities – Games, Quizzes and Resources

British Council Activities – Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

Oxford University Press – Resources for Teenage Learners

New Headway Student Resources

Smithsonian Kids

FluentU (free trial available) – FluentU takes real-world videos: like music videos, cartoons and documentaries and turns them into personalised language learning lessons

Science News

British Council – Learning English for Kids

ESL Kids – Worksheet Generator

Spelling Games

BBC Newsround

Literacy Games

SQA ESOL Information – National 2, 3, 4, 5 and Higher

Free Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Lessons

My Study Bar

The Glasgow EAL Service

Health and Wellbeing Resources

Positive News Stories

Good News Reading and Listening Practice

Positive News Reading Articles

Sunny Skies Reading and Listening Practice





Literacy and Numeracy

Audible – Free Talking Books for Teens

Literacy Games

Reciprocal Reading Cards

BBC Skillswise – Maths and Numeracy

BBC Skillswise – English and Literacy

Maths and English Resources BGE

Free Maths Games

Grammar and Writing Games

Literacy Games

Literacy Resources

Breaking News – activities at 7 different levels


CALL Scotland – Home Learning Support for Parents

Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service

National Autistic Society

Education Scotland

Autism Toolbox

Scotland Action on Hearing Loss


CALL Scotland – Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning

Subject Resources

BBC – Secondary School Subject Resources

BBC Bitesize – digital Senior Phase materials accessible with a screen reader

Free, funny Study Guides for a range of subjects (Shmoop)

Free Video Links to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Resources

Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAAs)

SQA Guidance on AAAs

Mental Heath and Wellbeing

Positive News Stories

The Good News Network

Positive Articles

Inspirational Stories


Breathing Space