Support for Learning

The Support for Learning 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 8, 9 and 10) and is made up of the  following staff members:

Carol Cutler  (link Depute Head Teacher) 

Victoria Blair Gardner (Principal Teacher of SfL and EAL) 

Faye Murray Foster (SfL teacher) 

Rachel Dooris (SfL teacher) 

Paula Fowler (SfL Worker)   
Susan Crawford (SfL Worker) 

Gregor Cleland (SfL Worker)  

Craig Mackenzie (SfL Worker) 

Derek Barton (SfL Worker)

Elliot Muir (SfL Worker) 

Minou Hieydarian (SfL Worker)

Meet the SfL Team here:


Here at Shawlands Academy, we offer a nurturing and inclusive environment where our pupils flourish. Our experienced SfL staff 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
  • Training in specialist equipment and software 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
  • 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)
  • Reader, scribe or SfL Worker in class
  • In-class support
  • Daily Chill Club  – games of Uno and a chance to relax and unwind are on offer for pupils who need a quiet lunch space
  • Supported Study for the Senior Phase (Period X)
  • Partnership work with other support agencies
  • 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.

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

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