An additional support need comes from anything which is a barrier to learning. Most, or all schools will have some children with additional support needs of some kind. The education authority has many legal duties towards pupils with additional support needs. Information about this is contained in a booklet called In On The Act: Information For The General Public which is published on the education authority website at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact or contact the additional support for learning team on telephone number 0131 469 3444.
Support For Learning Team
Our team at Wester Hailes Education Centre consists of the SFL Leader and one teacher with specialist training. Assisting the Support for Learning teachers are our much valued Learning Assistants.
Katie MacLennan Support for Learning Leader (acting)
Carlos Arricibita Support for Learning Teacher
Zainab Arshad Support for Learning Teacher
Shonagh Chisholm Pupil Support Assistant
Katrina Baxter Pupil Support Assistant
Emma McBride Pupil Support Assistant
Lewis Ross Pupil Support Assistant
Edward Caiafas Pupil Support Assistant
Erin McGrath Pupil Support Assistant
What is Support for Learning (SfL)?
The Support for Learning Department works with students of all abilities. We provide support to those who experience difficulty with their learning. Difficulties can come in many different forms such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory or physical impairment, etc.
The Faculty works with-
Partnership and Support Services which include:
LEAPS; Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools
Parents / Carers
Active Schools Inclusion
Associated Primary Schools
Skills development Scotland
Colleges / Universities
English Additional Language (EAL)
Education Welfare Officer
Hospital Outreach (HOTS)
Looked After Children
Pupil Support Coordinator
Speech and Language Therapists
Visiting Teachers Support Services (VTSS), Including services for:
Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Social Communication and Challenging Behaviour
What Does Support for Learning Do?
In-class support across the full range of subjects.
Extract groups focusing on developing reading accuracy, comprehension, spelling, touch typing, organizational skills, motor and social skills.
Assess for dyslexia and/or other specific learning difficulties.
Monitor and track pupil progress in order to give appropriate feedback.
Individual programmes of work.
Liaise with Partnership Services.
Provide word processors for use in class as well as printing facilities.
Moving On – Transition in Action
Individual Homework Programmes
Apply to SQA for Assessment Arrangements
Who gets support?
Support is available for ALL students at the High School. Not every child will need additional support, but about half of all children need support with their learning at some stage, e.g. a student might want to improve his / her handwriting.
Additional Support Needs
www.enquire.org.uk – Enquire—the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.
www.ealedinburgh.org.uk – EAL
http://www.addiss.co.uk/ – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support service (ADDISS)
Multi-Equalities Scheme: Appendix 12: Accessibility Strategy – City of Edinburgh’s Accessibility Strategy