Support for Learning

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 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 our much valued Learning Assistants.

Katie MacLennan                  Support for Learning Leader

Shonagh Chisholm                Pupil Support Assistant

Emma McBride                      Pupil Support Assistant

Lewis Ross                            Pupil Support Assistant

Edward Caiafas                     Pupil Support Assistant

Caitlin Stemp                         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

Occupational Therapists



Psychological Services

Pupil Support Coordinator

School Nurse

Social Services

Speech and Language Therapists

Sports Coordinator

Visiting Teachers Support Services (VTSS), Including services for:

Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Social Communication and Challenging Behaviour

Early Intervention

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

P7/S1Transition Groups.

Homework Clubs

Individual Homework Programmes

Apply to SQA for Assessment Arrangements

Paired Reading

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.

Recommended Websites

Personal Support


Curriculum/Study Support

Additional Support Needs – Enquire—the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. – EAL – The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support service (ADDISS)

Multi-Equalities Scheme: Appendix 12: Accessibility Strategy – City of Edinburgh’s Accessibility Strategy