What is Inclusive Support?
The Inclusive Support Faculty provides additional support for young people with a variety of needs. The Principal Teacher of Inclusive Support is Ms Waddell and the support team comprises of Inclusive Support Teachers, Keyworkers, Classroom Assistants and Additional Support Needs (ASN) Assistants. The department is also supported in its work through the efforts of external agencies and partnerships, such as EAL Support, Sensory Services, and Flexible Learning Resources.
As part of Pupil Support, the department is located on the first floor, close to the Pastoral and DHT offices, Home Link and the SDS Careers Advisor’s room. It has a suite of four rooms for tutorials. The Inclusive Support Hub & Classroom are well equipped for individual or small group tutorials, with access to technology and interactive learning activities, to support pupils with additional support needs.
Everyone in the Inclusive Support Faculty in Trinity High School is committed to helping young people achieve their potential in becoming successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
Types of Support Offered
The Inclusive Support Faculty consults regularly with class teachers about pupils’ additional support needs and helps provide information and advice about your child’s learning. Staff help develop suitable course materials and provide strategies to remove barriers and maximise learning.
Support may be provided on a long or short term basis depending on the need identified. It may involve staff involvement within the classroom, extraction from the classroom to work in one-to-one and small group tutorials within the faculty, or the provision of an alternative course of study, such as wider achievement awards.
The faculty provides alternative learning materials and aids, such as IT equipment to support literacy skills, key words lists and chapter summaries, planning templates and adapted texts to support young people with a variety of additional support needs
It also provides additional assessment arrangements for internal assessments and external exams.
Solution oriented and restorative approaches are central to supporting all pupils across the Inclusive Support Faculty.
The Coorie is Trinity High School’s nurture base. Nurture groups run across S1-S2 and Ms Waddell, Mrs Quigley, Mrs Reid, Mrs O’Neill, and Mrs Melvin work with pupils to help them focus on aspects of their own wellbeing and help them take some ‘time out’ when needed to be able to go into classes with the right mindset for positive learning experiences. They work with small groups in ‘The Coorie’ which is set up to provide a homely atmosphere with safe spaces for talking, reflecting, and learning. Individual nurture sessions are also timetabled for pupils from S3-S6 to provide support around wellbeing.
The Coorie is also home to our School Uniform Exchange and The Cubbie. The Cubbie is our ‘take what you need’ station. Pupils are invited to take what they need to help them in school or at home. The Cubbie is stocked with food items, toiletries, stationery, and sanitary products.
The Inclusive Support Faculty run a free breakfast club for all pupils. Bagels, cereals, juice, and hot drinks are provided in The Coorie from 8.20 each morning. Pupils and staff are welcome to take a ‘grab and go’ breakfast if they are in a rush.
Ms V Waddell – Principal Teacher Inclusive Support
Mrs R Quigley – Inclusive Support Teacher
Mrs F Reid – Inclusive Support Teacher
Mrs C O’Neill – Keyworker
Mrs A Melvin – Inclusion Support Assistant
Mrs E Doherty – Classroom Assistant
Miss R Roberton – Classroom Assistant
Miss N Calderwood – Classroom Assistant
Mrs S Downie – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Mrs L McKillop – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Miss M Johnston – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Miss I Steinhard – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Miss D Mitchell – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Ms K McGee – Additional Support Needs Assistant
Mr L Woods – Additional Support Needs Assistant