Support for Learning
Support for Learning is part of the Integrated Support Team in Deans. Its aim is to remove barriers to learning and help students to access the curriculum at an appropriate level. The team consists of Heads of House, Support for Learning staff, Pupil Support staff and Support Assistants.
Students are organised into three vertical Houses; Dechmont, Cairnpapple and Houston. Each group has a Head of House who works with tutors to ensure the welfare and progress of all.
Support for Learning
Support for Learning staff work with students individually, in small groups or in the classroom. We work collaboratively with subject specialists to ensure that the curriculum is as widely accessible as possible for all students from S1 – S6. When students have additional learning needs they may be supported by an Individual Education Plan, drawn up by students/staff and parents, giving them specific targets relevant to their needs and ability. Support for Learning staff also organise Additional Assessment Arrangements negotiated with SQA for those students in S4, S5 and S6 whose learning needs necessitate this.
Resources for students with additional support needs
A Glow blog aimed at providing information and links to potential sources of interest for parents/carers of children with additional support needs has been developed by WL Learning and Teaching Development Team. The link to the blog is http://glo.li/u6WtAf
EAL - English as an Additional Language
We have established an EAL (English as an Additional Language) Support Base in order to provide students who live between two cultures an opportunity to improve their literacy and develop knowledge and understanding skills throughout their school years and beyond. The EAL Focus Newsletter (available below) is edited by multilingual students. These students welcome an opportunity to share aspects of their lives through articles about religious and cultural diversity. Contributions are welcome from parents, staff and students.