In the journey toward developing flexible pathways for our pupils, whilst ensuring continued progression in attainment and achievement, the school has developed the Impact Zone. This centre has been developed under the guidance of Building the Curriculum 3 which “encourages schools to take steps towards the personalisation of learning through the personal support that they offer to learners, including the necessary support in moving to positive and sustained destinations when they leave school.”
The Impact Zone comprises of three small classrooms, three individual learning/meeting rooms, and one large multi-purpose room. This specialist area allows us to remove barriers that may restrict access to learning and ensure that every learner has every opportunity to achieve the best they can. For some, this may involve providing a curriculum in ways which build on individual skills and abilities. It may also include opportunities for learning through different contexts which involve breadth, challenge and application of learning.
Personalised learning is key to improving learning and teaching for all learners, and is best when it is underpinned by effective self-evaluation, which involves everyone who has a stake. The Impact Zone involves strong teamwork, bringing together:
- Learning Support Department (PT Learning Support, 1.6 FTE specialist teaching staff, ASN team),
- Enhanced Pupil Support (PT GIRFEC),
- Pupil Support Team
- Home Link Workers
- Mind Mosaic
- Education Psychologist
- Third Sector support
- Colleges and Business Partners
In addition to the specialist staff, other teaching staff work with identified Senior Phase pupils as and when required to ensure specialist subject knowledge is available.
Personalised learning means tailoring learning and teaching to learners’ needs. Staff do this by knowing learners well and building on prior learning so that all learners can participate, progress and achieve. This is key to taking forward the ambitions of CfE and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).