Glasgow Psychological Service

Putting Psychology into Practice

March 12, 2019
by David Patrick
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Inspection Highlights

A decade of success in Glasgow schools has received an excellent report card today (Monday 11 March 2019) from Education Scotland for improving learning, raising attainment and achievement across the city and making excellent progress in closing the national poverty related attainment gap.

The report – one of 9 Attainment Challenge Local Authority inspections carried out in Scotland – is a huge accolade for Glasgow’s schools, young people, teachers and school staff and recognition of the commitment, dedication and the ‘relentless drive to reduce the impact of poverty on the outcomes of all children and young people’ in the city.

Education inspectors have highlighted five key strengths – witnessed and evidenced during their time spent in schools speaking to staff, young people and parents:

  • The very strong council-wide vision focused on reducing the impact of poverty on children, families and communities
  • The relentless drive of the Executive Director in improving the educational outcomes of children and young people living in poverty in Glasgow
  • The exceptional progress made in reducing the impact of poverty on educational attainment and achievement of children and young people
  • Outstanding approaches to career-long professional learning and leadership which have strengthened the skills and knowledge of staff and, as a result, improved children’s and young people’s attainment
  • In-built sustainability through capacity building is at the heart of the professional learning approaches undertaken across the city.  Education Services has strongly promoted the importance of long-term sustainability across all aspects of their universal and targeted approaches to permanently reduce the impact of poverty outcomes for children and young people

 

 

 

 

 

January 22, 2019
by David Patrick
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LGBT Youth Scotland Bronze Chartermark Awarded to GPS

GPS are proud recipients of the LGBT Youth Scotland Bronze Chartermark. This award, achieved in 2018, recognises our commitment to inclusion and equality in every aspect of our work. We ensure that all our staff and anyone we work with feels safe, supported, and included, irrespective of their gender, sexuality, or any other protected characteristic. We continually support and promote diversity for the benefits it brings to us all.

 

January 18, 2018
by David Patrick
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LGBT Scotland Chartermark

GPS are currently embarking on a journey to gain the LGBT Scotland Chartermark. We want to make sure our service is accessible to all and celebrates gender and sexual diversity. Gaining the Chartermark will validate the values we hold of inclusion, equality, diversity and fairness as well as allowing others to see that we value and support our LGBT colleagues, friends, and service users.  We have already held an awareness raising session for all staff, planned goals for ensuring our service is inclusive for transgender people and engaged in training led by LGBT Youth Scotland. Watch this space for further news……

The website to link to is: https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

 

Raising awareness and knowledge

 

November 4, 2017
by Jenni Kerr
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The Lost Generation

In Athens we have had the opportunity to meet a range of professionals working in a variety of contexts.
All have spoken about ‘the lost generation’. This is the group of young people who are refugees aged 15 to 18. There is great concern that this age group is very difficult to engage in formal education. In Greece school is compulsory to age 15 and services offered to adult refugees, such as Greek lessons, are not generally provided to this age group. Many of this group can be unaccompanied minors, staying in a range of provisions such as the camps or shelters.

Going to school aged 15, sometimes for the first time in years, and not speaking the language leads to a high drop out rate. Then finding work is more difficult. Reflecting on the needs of this population will be a key factor in our project to help get this right for refugees of this age group in Glasgow. We have found out in Athens that support to learn the language and training for work is crucial and this group may benefit from a more flexible approach to education and training for work. It would be advantageous to find examples of good practice in engaging this group to ensure this generation does not become ‘lost’ in Glasgow.

November 2, 2017
by Jenni Kerr
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Education is the land of resilience

The Accommodation and Services Scheme for Asylum Seekers of Athens believe that educating this population is a priority. At the workshop we attended the team shared best practice ideas they had collected from headteachers in 2016/17 to help inform educators. Here are some key findings from the research:

* Offer supported language classes. This helped children to engage and remain in school
* Build a sense of belonging to help children feel that they will be accepted and the world is an inclusive place
* Good collaboration between community organisations linked with refugees and school
* Acknowledge cultural diversity e.g. organising a multicultural feast to help share cultural information
* The children who have already successfully integrated acting as good role models for new children
* Focus on building resilience
* Classroom activities are structured inclusively

This was helpful to hear these ideas and I am sure there are great examples to collect in Glasgow.  A job for when we get back!

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