A first for East Lothian!

Person Centred Planning

Ask me what is most important in this world

Let me tell you.

It is people! It is people! It is people!

Maori Proverb

Yesterday at the Linton Hotel in East Linton, 25 enthusiasts including teachers, therapists, support workers, educational psychologists and education officers, met for training in Person Centred Planning using Graphic Facilitation.

The training was led by Colin and Derek of Inclusive Solutions, a national organisation whose aim is to support schools and local authorities to create fully inclusive schools and communities where all belong. They were delighted to tell us that East Lothian is the first authority in Scotland to invite them to deliver this training.

Many of us at the training recognise the need to look at the way that meetings are conducted – to be more creative so that they become more real and engaging. This is particularly essential when a child or young person’s future is being discussed.

Through this training we were able to understand Person Centred Planning, its values and applications. We practised the process in a supportive setting and had fun doing it! At the end of the day, we stood in the sunny garden of the Linton and enthused about what we had learned and shared.

If you are interested in hearing more about Person Centred Planning using Graphic Facilitation, please contact your cluster Educational Psychologist, Liz Herd or Linda Gaughan. More information available at www.inclusive-solutions.com including this link:

Linda Gaughan

Inclusion & Equality Officer

Review of dyslexia provision for children announced (England)


The Guardian reports that ministers have announced a major review of the way 300,000 children with dyslexia are taught in state schools.

The children’s secretary, Ed Balls, has asked Sir Jim Rose, the former Ofsted inspector, to look at dyslexia provision in schools as part of his review of the primary curriculum.

Rose’s 2006 reading review led to the controversial introduction of synthetic phonics to teach reading in all schools.