Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School complies with the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 as amended by the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009.
North Lanarkshire Council’s policy is contained within “Support for Learning Policy into Practice 2”, a copy of which is available in the School. The school has a Support for Learning Policy, available from the school on request, which is consistent with North Lanarkshire Council guidelines.
In our school, we strive to meet the needs of all of our pupils. “The school supports children’s learning needs very well. Staff give children interesting and challenging work at an appropriate pace and level to meet their differing learning needs.” HMIe
These needs may vary throughout the course of the school year or may include longer term needs. Pupils in our school are supported in their learning by their Class Teachers, who plan and prepare appropriate learning activities for the pupils in their class.
If however, a Class Teacher believes a pupil may require additional support, either those having difficulty or those ‘more able pupils’, they may request additional resources or additional teaching support for the pupil. This could be provided within the school, by using different resources, Support Assistant time, or perhaps time with another member of the Teaching Staff, either in a small group or on a ‘one-to-one’ basis.
At times support is required from outwith the school, e.g. from a Speech & Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This would be arranged in discussion with Parents and the pupil, the Class Teacher and a member of the Senior Management Team. Some pupils however, may require support from other agencies, those outwith the Learning & Leisure Service. In these ‘Multi-Agency’ cases, a Coordinated Support Plan may be required.
A Staged Intervention approach is implemented:
Level 1 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning which can be met within the existing classroom or playroom setting.
Level 2 – Internal support, where education staff identify that a child or young person needs support or planning from within the school or early years establishment.
Level 3 – External support from within learning & leisure services, where it is identified that the child or young person requires support or planning from beyond the school or early years setting but within educational services.
Level 4 – External support provided on a multiagency basis, where the child or young person’s needs are identified as requiring support or planning from multiagency services and these support needs will last for more than one year.
In our school, Mrs Maria T Shields is the Additional Support Needs Coordinator.
Looked After Children, i.e. children who are cared for directly or whose care is supervised by the local authority are deemed to have Additional Support Needs unless assessment determines otherwise.
The member of staff responsible for Looked After Children is Mrs Lorraine Campbell.
Additional Support Plans (ASPs) enable staff to plan effectively for children and young people with Additional Support Needs. In 2017 – 2018, ASPs have been updated to GIRFMe Plans, which also allow for specific planning to be put in place to support our pupils.
Some children and young people may require significant support from education and at least one other agency, such as health, social work and/or voluntary agency to help them meet their learning targets. Where this support requires a high level of co-ordination the opening of a Co-ordinated Support Plan (CSP) may be considered.