Pupil Support

Mrs K Gatehouse (DHT): Mrs Y Benning (PT); Mr H Davidson (PT); Mr J Kidd (Paternity leave); Mrs J Pearson; Miss I McPhee; Ms S Axford (Educational Psychologist); Ms S Whyte (Community Link Worker); Mrs K Ross; Mrs V Ross; Mrs J Wardle; Mrs K Macdonald; Miss L Coles

Welcome to the support for pupils department. A close partnership between parents/carers and staff is very much valued. Telephone, fax or e-mail contact is very welcome. As you are aware telephone contact can sometimes be difficult as we also teach subjects and Social Education, therefore e-mail may help to improve communication. Pupils can make contact with the relevant member of the team to inform them of any difficulties that they might be having at school. They can also request a guidance interview or careers interview through e-mail.

Guidance: Mrs Y Benning, Mr H Davidson

The Guidance Department aims to provide a process where pupils can be encouraged, through their own efforts, to discover and develop their potential for both personal fulfilment and social usefulness. Guidance staff aim to meet the needs of individual pupils by working in partnership with parents, teachers, school staff, the community, and a wide range of other professional agencies. The Guidance team consists of a DHT with overall responsibility for Pupil Support and two Principal Teachers of Guidance, as well as a number of support teachers.

Every pupil in the school should feel valued and encouraged to be all he / she can be. This involves all teachers in the school, but the main focus is a team of teachers who have specialist guidance responsibility the main one of which is getting to know all the pupils in his / her group really well and making sure each pupil knows that there is someone in the school who is concerned about his / her all round personal development. Support for pupils Guidance is structured in a vertical house system.

Pupils in S1 to S6 are placed in:

* Farragon/Lawers – Mrs Y Benning

* Mhor/Schiehallion – Mr H Davidson
When possible, family members will be placed in the same house. The Guidance teacher and the Depute work together on:

– Day to day contact with the pupil
– Attendance monitoring
– Behaviour / discipline
– Checking academic progress
– Communication with parents
– Links with other agencies
– Writing reports
– Links with cluster primaries

Child Protection – Mrs Y Benning
EMA / SE Programme / UCAS – Mr H Davidson
Careers – Ms E Hamilton

Learning Support: Mr J Kidd, Mrs J Pearson; Miss I McPhee, Miss L Coles

Support for Pupils – Learning is a whole school resource and works to Support pupils in Nursery, Primary and Secondary. To Support young people with specific identified additional support needs in class, the Support for Learning assistants work with Secondary pupils and work in Primary and Nursery
Each ASN pupil will be the responsibility of a particular member of the Learning staff. This case loading allows pupils and parents to identify with a particular member of staff who knows the pupils progress and needs really well.
Each ASN pupil will have his / her progress reviewed annually. Everyone involved with the pupil are invited to these reviews to allow their fullest possible discussion to take place.
As well as supporting pupils in class, support for learning teachers can also carry out diagnostic assessments to identify specific difficulties such as dyslexia. We can also provide advice to parents, staff and pupils on a range of additional support needs which may affect learning.
A number of agencies work with the department including Educational Psychology and Social Work to ensure that pupils are appropriately supported.
Within the school we have regular meetings with Support for Pupils Guidance and the Community Link worker.

Community Link Worker: Ms Susan Whyte

Main Purpose
Community Link Workers work with children, young people, parents and staff to encourage education, attainment and achievement through good communication between home, school and the wider community.
They provide advice and practical support to children, young people and parents and carers, through a child and family centred approach and by providing positive learning experiences.

Key Tasks
Identifying and assessing the needs of children and families
Support to individual children and families
Linking home and school
Supporting young people’s attendance at school
Promoting inclusion and active citizenship
Working in partnership with all agencies
Supporting transition
Delivering group work with children and parents
Contributing to Health Promoting Schools
Contributing to Integrated Teams
Providing family learning opportunities
Management and Structure
Community Link Workers are based in schools, serving a secondary school and its feeder primaries. They are managed by Head Teachers, Deputes Support or Community School Co-ordinators. Co-ordination and planning of the team lie with a Community School Co-ordinator. Work is based on individual case work, group provision and development work.

Educational Psychologist: Ms S Axford
Every nursery, primary and secondary school within Perth and Kinross has a named psychologist. Educational Psychologists offer help and advice when there are concerns about children and young people’s learning, behaviour or emotional well-being. They can work with children and young people from birth to 24 years of age.
The first response to any query is consultations. This service is available to any professional or parent who have concerns about children and young people. This may include social work agencies, voluntary organisations, medical agencies, parents, children themselves, as well as the local authority.

Educational Psychologists can work directly with some referred children and young people, but all casework involves working with the adults who are in immediate contact with them.

In-service training
Psychologists offer in-service training to schools, education services staff, voluntary agencies and other organisations. Examples of INSET which have been delivered include peer tutoring, stress and anger management, solution focused conversations, creating resilient learners.

Research, development and evaluation
Psychologists use techniques such as action research, questionnaires and surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of programmes and provision. Recent examples include evaluation of peer tutoring programmes like ‘checking chums’ and evaluation of intensive input in a primary school on resilience and emotional well-being.

Useful links:

PKAVS – Young Carers. There is a lot of information contained within these pages including our referral form, what groups are being run and what larger events we have planned.