Pupil Support

The Pupil Support Department supports pupils with their learning in the department and in classes across the school.

Teaching Staff

Ms Docherty – Principal Teacher – Pupil Support (ASN)

Miss McCallum – Teacher of Pupil Support (ASN)

The Pupil Support department consists of thirteen members of staff all dedicated to ensuring that the young people who attend Clydeview Academy are able to access all aspects of the curriculum. We believe that in a fully inclusive school, barriers to learning are identified, addressed and removed. We work in partnership with the young people in our school who require additional support and their parents and carers.

The support assistants within the department provide one to one support in classes throughout the school. They use their expertise to work collaboratively with class teachers in encouraging hard work and effort amongst pupils in the classroom.

The department are dedicated to supporting improvements in numeracy, literacy and health and wellbeing. This is reflected through the clubs and innovative practice evident within Pupil Support.

Some of the clubs which can be accessed in Pupil Support include:

  • Lunchtime Club: The Lunchtime Club is supervised by a group of S6 pupils and runs daily. Activities such as board games; arts and crafts and computer games are available.
  • S1/2 Homework Club: The Homework Club provides pupils in S1 and S2 a quiet space to complete homework assignments during lunchtimes on Wednesdays.
  • Dyslexia Drop In: The Dyslexia Drop In sessions run every Friday lunchtime in the Pupil Support classroom. Pupils from all year groups are welcome to attend. Senior pupils are on hand to provide advice or help with any concerns that young people with dyslexia may have.

Below, is a guideline, detailing all the support mechanisms in place for your child as they progress through the school.

Transitions from Primary to Secondary; the BGE to Senior Phase and life beyond school can be daunting for any young person and their family. However, we appreciate that for young people with an additional support need, these transitions may present a more significant challenge.

In line with GIRFEC, and in order to ensure tailored support for each individual who journeys through Clydeview Academy, we have set up a programme of review meetings and interviews which aim to provide additional advice at times of significant transition.

Below is a programme of the support which is offered to children with additional support needs from Primary 7 until they decide to leave us.

It is worth mentioning that although there are timeframes for when specific events take place, ongoing monitoring of all children goes on through use of the SEEMIS system. This monitors: progress, referrals, alerts. Also, Guidance Flags and Updates to the Confidential Register happen regularly to accommodate the needs of the child. Furthermore, parents and carers are encouraged to contact the school at any point in the year if they have a concern. We will also contact you if we have any concerns regarding your child. We may request additional review meetings depending on the needs of the young person.

Primary 7

September

  • P7 Information Evening.
  • P7 Parental Tours.

 

March

  • Enhanced Transition Meeting: Prior to a young person with an additional support need coming to Clydeview, enhanced transition meetings are arranged. These meetings are attended by: the parent/carer of the child; the primary 7 teacher, Depute Head of the primary; Depute Head from Clydeview and the Principal teacher of Pupil Support. The child has the option to attend as is any other individual from any agency who has an input with the child. This meeting gives families the opportunity to pass on any relevant information about including strategies for support.

April

  • The P7 Skills Day.
  • Transfer of Information: Additional Meetings are set up with Primary 7 teachers and staff from Clydeview. Information about a child’s specific learning needs are passed on. Forms outlining these needs are also completed by P 7 teachers and passed on.
  • Guidance Visits: The Principal Teachers of Guidance visit the Primary schools in order to meet pupils and address any concerns that they may have.

 

June

  • Enhanced Induction Morning: It is felt that some young people with an additional support need may benefit from an extra morning in the school prior to the induction
  • Induction Days.

 

S1

August

  • In-class Support: ASN staff are assigned solely to S1 classes for the first two weeks of the new term. This allows for a better understanding of where additional in-class support is most needed. This is supported by teacher’s bids for in-class support.
  • Confidential Register. During the first two weeks of the new term, the Principal Teacher of Pupil Support creates a page on the Confidential Register for every young person with an additional support need. This outlines: what the additional support need is; what alternative assessment arrangements should be (ie separate accommodation, prompt, extra time) and strategies which support the needs of that child.
  • S1 Information Evening

September

  • Guidance Call: The PTs of Guidance contact home during this time to speak to parents/carers in order to find out if they have any concerns regarding how their child has settled into the school.

October/November

  • Enhanced Transition Meetings. Meetings are held to review the supports in place for the child. Parents/carers, DHT, PT Pupil Support, PT Guidance and any other relevant person working with the child are invited these meetings.
  • Parents’ Meeting
  • S1 Tracking

 

S2

August

  • Review of Confidential Register: The PT of Pupil Support reviews the needs of the child and updates the Confidential Register to reflect any changes in circumstances.
  • Teaching staff are reminded to review the Confidential Register to ensure that they are aware of the needs of any child in their class.

October

  • Merits and Alerts issued to parents/carers.

 

January

  • S2 Pupil Reports are issued.
  • S2 Information Evening. This event provides parents/carers with information about the option choice process.
  • S2 Option Choice Process. Lessons are delivered by PT Guidance teachers regarding the option choice process. Meetings are set up with pupils and the PT Guidance or PT Pupil Support. Pupils are provided with advice regarding the best subject choices for them. Information is gathered from teacher reports and tracking to help inform this decision. Pupils have a trial run at picking subjects. This trial form goes home to be discussed with parents. This is reviewed and signed by parents, PT Guidance and Pupils before being submitted.
  • S2 Parents’ Meeting. The PT of Pupil Support makes appointments for every young person with an additional support need. These appointments are scheduled to last longer than a subject teacher appointment. We use the Parents’ Meeting as an opportunity to review support and assess where, if any, additional support is needed. If a parent/carer feels that this meeting will not be sufficient to review the needs of their child, they can request that a formal meeting is arranged to take place during the school day.

S3

August

  • Review of Confidential Register: The PT of Pupil Support reviews the needs of the child and updates the Confidential Register to reflect any changes in circumstances.
  • Teaching staff are reminded to review the Confidential Register to ensure that they are aware of the needs of any child in their class.

October

  • Merits and Alerts issued to parents/carers.
  • S3 Tracking reports
  • Merits and alerts issued

February

  • S3 Pupil Reports are issued.
  • S3 Information Evening. This event provides parents/carers with information about the option choice process.
  • S3 Option Choice Process. Lessons are delivered by PT Guidance teachers regarding the option choice process. Meetings are set up with pupils and the PT Guidance or PT Pupil Support. Pupils are provided with advice regarding the best subject choices for them. Information is gathered from teacher reports and tracking to help inform this decision. Pupils have a trial run at picking subjects. This trial form goes home to be discussed with parents. This is reviewed and signed by parents, PT Guidance and Pupils before being submitted.
  • S3 Parents’ Meeting. The PT of Pupil Support makes appointments for every young person with an additional support need. These appointments are scheduled to last longer than a subject teacher appointment. We use the Parents’ Meting as an opportunity to review support and assess where, if any, additional support is needed. If a parent/carer feels that this meeting will not be sufficient to review the needs of their child, they can request that a formal meeting is arranged to take place during the school day.

 

Senior Phase.

S4, S5 and S6 are known as the Senior Phase within Secondary Schools. In addition to the reports, Parent’s Meetings, Information Evenings and meetings with PT Guidance, a child with an additional support need will also receive the following support:

 

August

  • Review of Confidential Register: The PT of Pupil Support reviews the needs of the child and updates the Confidential Register to reflect any changes in circumstances. Careful attention regarding Alternative Assessment Arrangements is made during this time.
  • Teaching staff are reminded to review the Confidential Register to ensure that they are aware of the needs of any child in their class.

October – January

  • AAA Process: Class teachers submit paper work to PT of Pupil Support requesting additional support arrangements for Prelims. This must be supported with evidence which demonstrates that the concession they have requested makes a significant impact on the young person’s performance.
  • PT of Pupil Support meets with each pupil in S4, S5 and S6 with additional support need to discuss exam arrangements for Prelims. Individual timetables outlining support for each exam is discussed with the pupil and sent home to be signed by the child’s parent/carer.

January – February

  • AAA Evaluation. PT of Pupil Support evaluates the support in place with each pupil and makes amendments where necessary.
  • SQA: Pupils meet with PT Pupil Support again in order to discuss final arrangements for exams. Pupils are issued with a timetable which is sent home to be signed by parents/carers.
  • Principal Teacher of Pupil Support enters additional support arrangements into the SQA system.

February – April

  • Enhanced Transition Meetings: Meetings are attended by: DHT for the year group; PT Pupil Support; PT Guidance; parent/carer; child; career’s advisor; representative from West College Scotland and any other relevant person who has had an input with the child. At these meetings, choices for the following year are discussed.

 

In additional, throughout the year, young people with an additional support needs are provided with opportunities to meet with the Career’s Advisor. Young people with an ASN are prioritised to have additional meetings.

 

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