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Department at a Glance


The Support for Learning Department works closely alongside other departments in the school to support pupils with Additional Support Needs access a full and balanced curriculum. Our aim is to reduce barriers to learning by working cooperatively in classes with the class teacher, or working with pupils in tutorial groups.

Principal Teacher: Mrs G Reid
Number of SfL Teachers: 3
Number of SfL Pupil Support Assistants: 2
EAL Teacher: 1 (0.8)
Facilities: SfL base with four networked computers and a Smartboard - the staff also support pupils in departments across the school 


The Purpose of the SfL

The department has a number of roles within the school:

  • Consultancy: providing advice, strategies and support to departments.
  • Staff Development: keeping staff up to date about legislative or policy changes, new resources, and strategies to support pupils.
  • Cooperative Teaching: working with a class teacher to plan and deliver the lesson, and to support individual pupils in class.
  • Direct Teaching: working with individual pupils or small groups on basic literacy and numeracy.
  • Liaison with External Agencies: working closely with external agencies including Psychological Services, Sensory Support, Health Professionals, Social Work and Careers Scotland to ensure that individual pupil needs are addressed across the curriculum.

Pupil Support

We support pupils in a variety of ways:

  • Paired Reading
  • ICT
  • Spelling Programmes
  • Handwriting Programmes
  • One-to-one organisational support during Registration
  • Listening Books
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Literacy and Numeracy Programmes
  • Clubs such as Lunchtime ‘Chillax’ Club, the Homework Club and Supported Study
EAL Support

There is support for pupils whose first language is not English. The support provided can be given in class, in small groups or one-to-one tuition.


The department is well resourced with a large base. We have a variety of age appropriate reading material, which is suitable for a broad range of pupils. We have access to excellent ICT resources including a Smartboard; four networked PCs; Alphasmarts; spelling programmes; reading comprehension material; listening books; and a selection of literacy games to support phonological awareness.

We also have an extensive collection of books available to staff and parents with information and strategies to support Additional Support Needs, such as Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; ADHD; Autistic Spectrum; Speech and Language difficulties.


The department is involved in assessing pupils at various stages of the school. The assessment material currently used includes:

  • Suffolk Reading Test
  • Neale Analysis of Reading Ability
  • Diagnostic Spelling Test
  • Pearson Dyslexia Screening Test
Other Agencies

A crucial role of the department is liaising with other agencies. Agencies we work with on a regular basis include:

  • Educational Psychological Services
  • Sensory Support
  • Speech and Language Therapists
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