Category Archives: Additional Support for Learning

Fly The Flag For Human Rights

New campaign to promote the benefits of human rights. 


The Scottish Government’s #FlyTheFlag for human rights campaign is part of a contribution to the objectives of Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, where evidence demonstrates that people are insufficiently aware of their rights and do not feel empowered to claim their rights.

New research carried out by You Gov has shown that one in five Scots believe that human rights are for minority groups only. This new campaign is designed to help people better understand how human rights are relevant, used on a day to day basis and how they help build a fairer and more progressive society.

Click here to read more.

Why not continue the conversation on Glow here.

Support for Learning Event – 4th December, Edinburgh

Support for Learning teaching provides children and young people ways to improve their engagement and attainment in school. It offers personalised support and contributes to their support entitlement within Curriculum for Excellence. This event will discuss, within a framework of Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right, how effectively Support for Learning teachers can improve their practice in meeting the support needs of children and young people. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on the draft National Improvement Framework.

This event is for Support for Learning staff in schools and services to engage with this new environment for learning and discuss how best to deliver effective support for Learning.

This event will be held at Victoria Quay and will run from 9am till 4pm.

Click here to book.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – Free event for education professionals


Free Event for Education Professionals

10.00 – 15.00

17 November 2015

COSLA, Edinburgh, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neurobehavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence.  Often teachers are the first professional to notice a child has difficulties.

As part of a programme of events over the last 4 years, the Scottish Government has arranged a free event for nursery and primary school teachers. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr Ana Hanlon-Dearman – a Developmental Paediatrician from the Manitoba FASD Centre in Canada. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Dr Hanlon-Dearman in moving FASD forward in Scotland. Dr Hanlon-Dearman has a wealth of experience working with schools in Manitoba, and will be discussing their work supporting children and young people, as well as tools that have proved successful.

For further information or to book a space on the event, please contact 0131 244 4634.

Solution Oriented Approaches

The Rights, Support and Wellbeing Team hope to revise the current guidance and training materials on solution oriented approaches in schools in the coming school session. We hope to update this to reflect the ongoing innovative work that is being implemented in local authorities and will be looking for a number of representatives to support a working group to take this forward.


If you are involved in this work and are interested, contact:

Included, Engaged and Involved, Part 2 – Update

Included, Engaged and Involved, Part 2 is currently being updated. It is hoped that the update will be more streamlined and will focus more heavily on the preventative, staged and early intervention approaches to supporting relationships and behaviour in school whilst continuing to provide clear guidance on some of the key issues around exclusions.

Consultation events on the draft guidance will be held on 13th of January 2016 in Edinburgh and on the 15th of January 2016 in Glasgow with a later date to follow for the North of Scotland. It is also hoped that these days will allow for consultation on the latest anti-bullying guidance which will be in draft form by then.


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Nurturing Approaches in Secondary Schools

Following the successful launch of ‘Nurturing Approaches in Secondary Schools’ training materials at the Scottish Learning Festival, we have a number of National Training events coming up soon. Part 1, of a 4 Day Training, will be held in Glasgow on the 2nd and 3rd of November and Part 2 will be held in Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th of November.   There will be a second event in Edinburgh with Part 1 being held on the 10th and 11th of November and Part 2 on the 15th and 16th of December. This training will cover all the key modules over a 4 day training period and will enable key staff to deliver it and embed it within a local authority or within their own school. Recommended participants at this training would include: Authority representatives with a key inclusion/support remit; school senior management; nurture teachers and Educational Psychologists. There will be an expectation that attendees with evaluate the impact of the training immediately after and 3 months after attending.

Places can be booked on through the Education Scotland Events Page

A number of local authorities have also embarked on their own bespoke training for Nurture including East Dunbartonshire and North Ayrshire. This can be negotiated as part of an authorities strategic focus with link officers and the RSW Team. There is also ongoing evaluation and support for a number of pilot schools who are taking this initiative forward and we look forward to sharing more on how this has been going, with you in the future.


P1011795Staff at Pirie Park Primary School, Glasgow are being praised for their sector leading approach to supporting children with additional needs and their approach to responsive learning and teaching.

Practitioners at Pirie Park have developed a broad range of skills and capabilities similar to those of learning support specialists. This development of staff has been recognised as innovative practice by Education Scotland in supporting learners within the school.

Staff use their knowledge of the children and additional support needs (ASN) profiles to help identify learning issues and provide tailored support to children with ASN. This combined with responsive planning and active learning, where tasks, activities and resources interest and motivate children, has led to an exemplary, high quality learning and support environment for learners.

To celebrate their achievements, Pirie Park received a visit from Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director for School Years at Education Scotland. He said:

“It’s fundamental that children and young people have the right support in place to be able to reach their full potential. I am delighted to have met such dedicated and hardworking staff, who are able to provide such tailored and responsive teaching to support children with additional support needs.

“By adopting this approach, staff are able  to help all children achieve in many ways. Responsive learning also plays a big part in developing learners’ skills. It enables the children to recognise the relevance and importance of the skills they’re learning now, and how these will help them in their lives beyond school.  I am very pleased to see this in practice.”

Jane Arthur, Pirie Park Primary Headteacher said: “Last year our school community was delighted to receive such an excellent and positive inspection report that endorsed our work on learning and teaching practices.

“We are committed to making sure that every child in Pirie Park is included, feels valued and receives the targeted support for their individual needs. Our aim is for our children to be happy, confident individuals who will be the best they can be.”

A key feature of the schools highly effective learning and teaching is their investment in practitioners as the core resource. Through classroom practice and professional learning, they have developed skills which mean they can meet the needs of a wide range of children in the classroom.

Following their inspection in June last year, Pirie Park achieved an excellent evaluation for meeting learning needs, and very good evaluations for improvements in performance, learner’s experiences, the curriculum and improvement through self-evaluation. A copy of the Pirie Park Primary School inspection report is available here.

Inclusion Team Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar

Here is the Inclusion Team’s Professional Learning and Engagement Calendar.

Follow the Inclusion Team on Twitter and look out for our new Inclusion Hub on Glow (

Date Title Location Contact for further details/booking
04 September 2015 Looked After Children and CSPs Edinburgh More information will be available in the Resources section of the Inclusion hub.
9 September 2015 RA National Training Recall (for practitioners from the June 2015 cohort) Glasgow Join the Inclusion Hub to discuss accessing our CLPL materials here.
10 September 2015 Innovate for Inclusion – Currciulum for Excellence and special schools and units Glasgow More information will be available in the Inclusion and Equity section of the Inclusion hub.
16 September 2015 RSW Link Officer Meeting (for identified link officers only) Glasgow
17 September 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights (Moray Council only) Elgin Attendance managed by Local Authority
18 September 2015 Northern Support Staff Conference Elgin Attendance managed by Local Authority
8/9 October 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches (North Ayrshire Council only) North Ayrshire Attendance managed by Local Authority
19/20 October Restorative Approaches (North Ayrshire Council only) North Ayrshire Attendance managed by Local Authority
20 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Europa For more information click here.
20/21 October 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part I (East Dunbartonshire Council only) East Dunbartonshire Attendance managed by Local Authority
22 October 2015 Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights Edinburgh For more information click here.
26 October 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – follow-up and impact review (Shetland Council only) Shetland Attendance managed by Local Authority
29 October 2015 Glasgow Inclusion 2015 Shared Education Glasgow
2/3 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Glasgow For more information click here.
04 November 2015 Aberdeen Inclusion 2015 Aberdeen
05 November 2015 Aberdeen Complex Conversation Aberdeen
10/11 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 1 of 2 Edinburgh For more information click here.
17/18 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part II (East Dunbartonshire Council only) East Dunbartonshire Attendance managed by Local Authority
23 November 2015 Tackling Prejudice-Based Bullying and Promoting Equality and Diversity Paisley For more information click here.
23/24 November 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Glasgow For more information click here.
25 November 2015 Inclusion Scotland 2015 Dingwall
26 November 2015 Sensory Support Conversation: Northern Dingwall
3/4 December 2015 Restorative Approaches (North Ayrshire Council only) North AyrshireElgin Attendance managed by Local Authority
4/7 December 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part II (North Ayrshire Council only) North AyrshireElgin Attendance managed by Local Authority
04 December 2015 SFL Edinburgh TBC
15/16 December 2015 Secondary Nurturing Approaches – Part 2 of 2 Edinburgh For more information click here.

Scottish Education Awards 2015 – now open for nominations

Nominations for the Scottish Education Awards 2015 awards are now open. Celebrating the hard work and success in Scottish education, the awards recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people.

There are 17 awards available across a range of categories covering all areas of education. New awards for this year include learning for sustainability, making languages come alive and transforming lives through partnerships.

If you know of a school or teacher that deserves to be recognised for their hard work visit the Scottish Education Awards website for more information and to submit a nomination.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday 16 February 2015, good luck.

Complex Conversation

On 12th November, Education Scotland brought together 35 delegates from all over Scotland to discuss and engage with others about best practice in making provision for those with complex needs.   Delegates heard an update from the Doran Review from  Laura Meikle of Scottish Government, considered good practice, listened to four examples of good practice from Isobel Mair School, Stanmore House School, Southcraig School and Mavisbank School.  The presentations featured on curriculum, learning and teaching, assessment and support through  inclusive practices.  The event was valued and practitioners asked for other ones to follow. Delegates mentioned that they enjoyed the exchanges with fellow practitioners and felt that Education Scotland has a key role to play in ensuring more successful partnership working across services through GIRFEC practices. Another Conversation is to be organised for 3rd December and details will be circulated.