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Additional Support For Learning



FACULTY MEMBERS

Teaching staff
Mrs Y Dorrans - PT Pupil Support (Additional Support for Learning)
Ms K Morrison
Mr N Paoletti
Ms A Ni Shruthain

Classroom Assistants
Mr C Blackley
Mrs F Cameron
Mrs S Donnelly
Mr C Johnstone
Mrs J Johnstone
Ms C Kerr
Mrs G Little
Ms S Smith
Mrs L Suddes
Mrs A Wallace
Mrs I Warner


Ethos
Central to the philosophy of the Support for Learning Department in Dumfries Academy is the wellbeing and education of all learners. Our philosophy is informed by both National and Regional legislation and policy.

The Educational (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 introduced a new legal framework for ensuring support for children and young people who need some additional help with their learning in working towards achieving their full potential. It also promoted partnership working among all those supporting children and young people. Additional Support for Learning has a key role to play in enabling the principles of Inclusion to underpin the whole school professional practice by:
◾Creating an ethos of achievement for all pupils within a climate of high expectations
◾Valuing a broad range of talents, abilities and achievements
◾Promoting success and self-esteem by taking action to remove barriers to learning
◾Countering conscious and unconscious discrimination that may prevent individuals from thriving in schools
◾Actively promoting understanding and a positive appreciation of the delivery of individuals and groups within society
(Source: Count Us In, Achieving Inclusion in Scottish Schools; HMIe (2002))

What are Additional Support Needs?
The reasons can include:
◾Social or emotional difficulties
◾Problems at home
◾Being Particularly able
◾A physical disability
◾English as a second language
◾A learning disability
◾Autism
◾Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
◾Dyslexic type difficulties
◾Moving home frequently
◾Behavioural difficulties
◾Bullying
◾A sensory impairment
◾Communication problems
◾Being a young carer
◾Being a young parent

These are some of the reasons for Additional Support however there are many others. It is important to recognise that Additional Support Needs will always depend on each individual child as any number of different circumstances can affect a child’s ability to learn.


Additional Support for Learning
The foremost aim of Additional Support for Learning in DumfriesAcademy is to meet the needs of all our young people by working collaboratively with pupils, parents/carers, subject teachers and outside agencies.

Pupils are engaged in child centred, active learning through the creation of an appropriate and relevant curriculum. This is facilitated by a team of specialist staff consisting of four Additional Support for Learning teachers and 11 classroom assistants who are based in the Pupil Support Offices beside the main staffroom; however they are more often to be found in a variety of areas around the school supporting pupils.

The office area comprises 2 adjoining rooms one with a soft seating area. Disabled toilet and showering facilities are also situated in this area.

There is recently upgraded specialist accommodation for pupils with Additional Support Needs. A suite of 4 rooms is situated on the first floor and provide a teaching resource base, social areas and practical activities areas. This area also holds a library book resource for use in Language and Literacy. The Sensory room provides a safe area which has flexible functionality allowing it to be used to work with young people with Additional Support Needs to help calm and de stress and also to stimulate. This area is also used to deliver ‘Tacpac’ activity which promotes communication and social interaction, sensory, neurological and emotional development.


Curriculum Structure and Courses
The Additional Support for Learning faculty is a hive of activity throughout the day including a supervised “Welcome Group” first thing in the morning, at interval and at lunchtime.

Set courses and individual programmes of work are tailored to meet the particular needs of the pupils. There are a variety of courses that can be offered through the Additional Support for Learning faculty including National 1 & 2 English, Maths, Science and Food and Health, National 1 & 2 Personal Achievement Awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold), Prince’s Trust Achieve Club, Life Skills, Rural Skills, Social Communication, Group Music, Swimming to mention a few! The Sound Reading System is used to support individuals in reading and spelling. In addition small groups may be extracted and offered support in curricular areas. The department works closely with Langlands School with pupils accessing each school’s curricular/social activities when appropriate.

Our Moving On programme begins with a Transition Plan in S3 and involves individually designed programmes for each young person. During Senior Phase these can include; volunteering around the school, independent travel, budgeting, cooking for independence, work experience or volunteering in the local community. Extended Supported Transition is available for pupils requiring extra support when moving on to the next stage in their lives and can include involvement with a variety of outside agencies.

We also have close links with Dumfries and Galloway College with pupils taking part in planned programmes of transition to college where appropriate.

Senior pupils volunteer in many areas of the faculty supporting young people in a variety of activities from horse riding to setting up and running a café in school.

Achievement
Each young person is encouraged to achieve their fullest potential and to grow in confidence and self-esteem. All achievement is celebrated through a variety of means from formal qualifications to coverage in local media to being recognised within the schoo’ls own systems of praise.

Some recent achievements of pupils have been; qualifying to the Scottish finals of Disability Swimming Gala in Glasgow, Regional Boccia Festival at Castle Douglas High School, taking part in Disabilty Scotland Tennis course, Pony Club Show Rosettes in local show, various fund raising activities for charity. Enterprise activities include taking a stall with handmade goodies at the school Christmas Fayre, running an inclusion café in F4, developing a cookie making business and these are only a few examples.

The ASfL staff run an annual residential trip to Carlingwark Residential Centre, as well as pupils taking part in other trips offered within the school including recent trips to St Andrews, London and Paris. Day trips out of school are very much part of the learning experience and this year we have enjoyed trips to Edinburgh Zoo, Mabie Farm Park, Glasgow Transport Museum, Ae Forest, Cocoa Bean Company as well as pupils taking part in the ASfL Swimming group at DG1 on a weekly basis. We have recently secured a grant from the Hollywood Trust for a group to take part in Riding for the Disabled scheme at Jenny Mills riding stables and also the Chariots of Fire carriage riding activity.

Supporting Young People Access the Curriculum
ASL staff are involved in assessing and supporting young people throughout the school from 1st to 6th year, including supporting pupils in SQA examinations. Staff also advise teaching staff on strategies to support pupils. We support pupils in class, where appropriate extracting individuals or small groups or advising on differentiation of materials. Individual and small group work with pupils with specific literacy difficulties includes the introduction of the Sound Reading Scheme. Study support is available at lunchtimes and after school if required.

Behaviour Support
A differentiated, individualised curriculum is sometimes necessary for young people at certain stages of their lives and ASL offers practical support for youngsters who need it. We work closely in partnership with Heads of Year and a number of outside agencies to provide troubled young people with a positive experience of education.

Intervention
ASL provides a mechanism for supporting the learning needs of those pupils involved at each of the main stages of intervention from universal to specialist.

Universal- Class teacher / subject based strategies/minor adaptations to materials

Targeted Group- Some in-class shared support/subject based strategies

Targeted Individual – Some small group tuition out with class.

Specialist/Multi-Agency- One to one support out with class.


SQA Assessment Arrangements
SQA Assessment Arrangements allow candidates who have been identified as having additional support needs the appropriate arrangements to access the assessment without compromising its integrity.

Dumfries Academy has a responsibility to ensure that our candidates are entered for qualifications at the right level, given his or her general level of ability and attainment. Assessment arrangements are designed to enable access to an assessment.

Candidates for whom assessment arrangements are requested should potentially have the ability to achieve the national standards, but be unable to do so using the published assessment arrangements for the particular qualification. As part of the school’s Quality Assurance policy regarding SQA exam concessions the school must:
◾Show evidence that the candidate has a disability or additional support needs and how this affects their learning and teaching.
◾Show evidence of the need for a specific arrangement.
◾Show evidence of consultation between subject and ASL staff.
◾Have signed letter of confirmation from the candidate and parent/guardian that he/she has agreed to the assessment arrangements and is intending to use them.
◾Show evidence of their verification process

Using the SQA Assessment Arrangements guidelines ASfL and mainstream staff work closely together to ensure that each young person receives the appropriate support to allow them the opportunity to achieve the success they are capable of in SQA Examinations in their Senior Phase.

Useful Websites
ADHD – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Autism – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Brain Injury – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Carers Trust – http: //www.carers.org/
Communication and assistive technology – http://www.addiss.co.uk/
DG Voice – http://www,dgvoice.co.uk/
D&G Parents Inclusion Network – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Down’s syndrome – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Dyslexia Scotland – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Dyspraxia – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Enable – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Epilepsy – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Famous Dyslexics – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ /> Meares Irlen Syndrome – https://www,nhsaaa,net/media/258210/mearesi.pdf
Scottish Advice Centre for Additional Support for Learning – http://www.addiss.co.uk/ />

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