This section contains the following:
- What is Additional Support?
- A Word from Mrs Dale
- Useful Tips
What is Additional Support?
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.
For more information you can contact the additional support for learning team on the telephone number 0131 469 3444. Information about this is also contained in a booklet called “In On The Act : Information For The General Public” which is published on the education authority website: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/inontheact or by clicking the link below:
A Word From Mrs Dale
Where a child requires support, parents/carers will be informed and given the opportunity to discuss the situation. If at any time you are concerned about your child, please contact the school and arrange an appointment with your child’s class teacher, or with Mr Hunter, our Head Teacher, Mrs Iley, our Depute Head Teacher, Mr Blaikie or Mrs Clark, our Principal Teachers, or with me, Mrs Dale, the Additional Support for Learning Teacher.
I have regular meetings with staff (including Class Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants, the school’s Management Team and Outside Agencies) to discuss the progress/concerns of all pupils. Assessments are carried out which may result in a planned block/programme of support.
When appropriate, various group sessions take place throughout the school year; these address learning difficulties such as: Gross Motor Skills, Fine Motor Skills/handwriting, listening/ talking/ thinking and/or Social Skills, and confidence/ self-esteem groups. Parents are informed of such activities if their child is to be involved, and are given the opportunity to discuss the programmes in more detail.
School staff are always happy to see parents, so please do come and find out more about the work we are doing with your child at Parent Consultation times, or at other times too, if there are particular concerns. We also appreciate all the help and encouragement you give your child at home whenever possible.
Thank you for your continuing support and co-operation.
Mrs Ruth E. Dale
If your child is still unsure of any of the following, some daily practice (little and often) will be a great support for him/her. Click on the pictures to find out more.