Additional Support Needs

Cramond take great pride in meeting the needs of all their learners. We have robust systems in place to ensure information, strategies and partnership working is shared in order to Get it Right for Every Child. The Senior Leadership team meet regularly to discuss individual pupils.

Mrs Waddell  (DHT) coordinates support for children with Additional Support Needs and leads the Support for Learning in school. Mrs Ali King is our support for learning teacher, and she, along with Mrs Waddell oversees training for our team of Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs) at Cramond. Additional training for all PSAs is provided to ensure the highest quality of support for learning is provided. This support is carefully matched to individuals, groups and classes to best effect for our learners.

Regular Child’s Planning Meetings are held for individuals where required. These are led by Mrs Donaldson or Mrs Waddell and will always involve parents and school staff. Occasionally, following consultation with parents other partner agencies will join us at meetings to plan and provide support for our learners.  Mrs Waddell oversees GIRFEC process & paperwork and is happy to discuss this further with parents.

Schools work with other agencies and professionals – for example, Social Work Services, Educational Psychology Service, National Health Service and parents, to make decisions with regards to the best possible education to meet the needs of your child within the resources available.

As with all local authority schools in Scotland, Cramond operates under the terms of the Additional Support for Learning Act (2009) and it’s accompanying Code of Practice. Further details of the policies and procedures can be found on Edinburgh Council website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/InOnTheAct

  1. Pupils with additional support needs are fully included at Cramond. Learning will be supported by differentiation within class work, Pupil Support Assistants work in consultation with teaching staff to support pupils learning on individual and group basis. Our Support for learning staff will advise teaching staff, lead learning assist in group programmes and teach learners in small groups or individual basis as required.
    Any pupil plan is written in consultation with parents and where relevant partner agencies involved with your child. Able pupils are also supported to ensure that their learning needs are met and appropriate challenge is provided.
  2. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s learning you should contact the school to arrange a meeting with the class teacher and/or support for learning or leadership team. Mrs Gillian Waddell, our DHT, coordinates provision for additional support needs and will happily meet with any parent or carer to offer support or guidance.

     

    Parents, carers and children with additional support needs can also seek independent advice and support through:

    Enquire: www.enquire.org.uk, 0845 123 2303
    Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance: www.siaa.org.uk, 0131 260 5380

    Take Note: National Advocacy Service for Additional Support Needs

    Barnados & the Scottish Child Law Centre: www.sclc.org.uk, 0131 667 6633.