Welcome to the webpages of Queen Anne High School’s Pupil Support department. The PS department helps pupils to become confident individuals, successful learners, effective contributors and responsible citizens. In particular, PS staff work to identify and help reduce or remove any barriers that may stop a learner from achieving their potential.
Pupils may experience barriers to learning when they:
- have a motor or sensory impairment
- are being bullied
- are particularly able or talented
- have experienced bereavement
- are interrupted learners
- have a learning disability
- are looked after by a local authority
- have a learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia
- are living with parents who have mental health problems
- are living with parents who are abusing substances
- have English as a second language
- are not attending school regularly
- have emotional or social difficulties
- are on the Child Protection Register
- are young carers
This list is not exhaustive and learners may experience more than one of these difficulties at any given time.
In supporting learners, we are guided by the following principles:
1. Entitlement for All
The Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is a curriculum for all our pupils and all staff contribute to meeting CfE’s three Responsibilities for All – Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing.
CfE may be delivered in different ways according to the needs of each individual learner. Furthermore, every pupil is entitled to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the experiences and outcomes of CfE.
2. The Least Intrusive Intervention
In assessing and supporting learners’ needs, the PS department follows the principle of the least intrusive but most effective intervention based on a staged intervention model. This means:
- causing minimal change to the pupil’s routine
- ensuring an appropriate learning environment in school
- not involving more people than is needed
- only referring to external resources or seeking alternative placement when internal resources are exhausted
- working hard to find the means to support the learner.
3. Partnership Working
The PS department is committed to working alongside its key partners in order to support pupils by:
- building solutions with and around children and families;
- enabling children to get the help they need when they need it;
- supporting a positive shift in culture, systems and practice.
In most instances, a pupil’s needs will be met by the fundamental partnership between their parents/carers, class teachers and Guidance teacher.
In certain circumstances other partners may be drawn from within the school or from further afield. These might include:
- the pupil’s Year Head
- Pupil Support staff
- colleagues from Educational Psychology
- colleagues from the Family and Community Support Team (FaCST) and from Community Learning and Development (CLD).
- professionals from the Health Service, Social Work, Skills Development Scotland, etc.
All partners are guided by the principles and practice set out in Getting it Right For Every Child and Getting It Right In Fife.