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Support for Learning

Support for Learning/Behaviour Support

Department at a Glance


The Support for Learning/Behaviour Support Department works closely alongside other departments in the school to support pupils with Additional Support Needs access a full and balanced curriculum. Our aim is to reduce barriers to learning by working cooperatively in classes with the class teacher, or working with pupils in tutorial groups.


Principal Teacher: Ms J McCauley


Number of Teachers: 2

Number of Pupils Support Assistants: 4


Facilities: SfL base with nine networked computers and a Smartboard - the staff also support pupils in departments across the school 


The Purpose of the SfL

The department has a number of roles within the school:

  • Consultancy: providing advice, strategies and support to departments.
  • Staff Development: keeping staff up to date about legislative or policy changes, new resources, and strategies to support pupils.
  • Cooperative Teaching: working with a class teacher to plan and deliver the lesson, and to support individual pupils in class.
  • Direct Teaching: working with individual pupils or small groups on basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Liaison with External Agencies: liaison with agencies outwith the school.

Pupil Support

We support pupils in a variety of ways:

  • Paired Reading
  • ICT
  • Literacy Programmes
  • Study Support Groups in S3/S4
  • Toe by Toe Programme
  • Targeted support
  • Use of Energy for Learning Indicators for Motivation
  • Anger/Behaviour Management
  • Exam Preparation/ Study Skills
  • Digital Exams
  • Triple P –Promoting Positive Parenting Programme


The department is well resourced with a large base. We have a variety of age appropriate reading material, which is suitable for a broad range of pupils. We have access to excellent ICT resources including a Smartboard; nine networked PCs; Lap tops; literacy programmes; reading comprehension material; and a selection of literacy games to support phonological awareness.

We also have an extensive collection of books available to staff and parents with information and strategies to support Additional Support Needs, such as Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; ADHD; Autistic Spectrum; Speech and Language difficulties.


  • The department is involved in assessing pupils at various stages of the school. Part of this assessment will look at Additional Assessment Arrangements

Other Agencies

A crucial role of the department is liaising with other agencies. Agencies we work with on a regular basis include:

  • Educational Psychological Services
  • Sensory Support
  • ASL Technology
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Outdoor Resource Centre
  • YCSA
  • Celtic Sports Learning


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Useful Websites 


Scottish Advice service for Additional Support for Learning

Getting it Right for every child (GIRFEC)

British Dyslexia Society

Dyslexia Scotland         


Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation

National Autistic Society         

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