ASL / EAL

Aim:
  • To help young people overcome barriers to learning
These may be:
  • Learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, processing problems)
  • Communication disorders (e.g. Aspergers Syndrome)
  • Organisational or presentation problems
  • Attention disorders or behavioural problems (e.g. ADHD)
  • Physical disability (e.g. Mobility problems)
What we do:

Firstly we gather information about pupils. We do this by talking to P7 Teachers, Parents, Educational Psychologists and Pastoral Care Teachers.

We then compile lists of pupils who may have additional support needs (ASNs). The requirements of these pupils are assessed and appropriate support for them is planned.
The details of support given are recorded on Additional Support Plans (ASPs).

Support is prioritised as follows:
  • Pupils in lowest sets for Maths and English S1 – S4
  • Pupils not reached level C (5 -14) on entering S1
  • Pupils who score a low mark in diagnostic dictation
  • Pupils with physical or sensory impairment – PSA support
  • Pupils referred by class teachers
Types of support given:
  • Support in mainstream class (Coop teaching)
  • Curricular Support (plan with class teacher)
  • Extraction from a subject class to tutorial groups for literacy or other work or to the Learning Unit for behavioural, pastoral or respite support
  • Consultative support for class teachers about a range of additional support needs
  • Paired reading with S6 pupils
  • Additional arrangements in SQA exams
  • Assign Pupil Support Assistant (PSA)
  • Study Support and Exam technique seminars for upper school.

The ASL department also organise educational outings for pupils to such venues as Oatridge Agricultural College, Glasgow Botanic Garden, the Strathclyde Police Museum, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Pollok Country Park and Burrell Museum and “Evenings with NASA at Strathclyde University”.

How do we evaluate what we do?

We assess using reading ages, 5 –14 test results and SQA results of supported pupils.

We welcome feedback from pupils, parents, subject teachers, pastoral care staff and senior managers.