Using IEP formats within SEEMIS – pilot update


  Since 2002,  East Lothian schools have recorded IEPs targets for pupils with additional support needs on formats developed by North Ayrshire Council.  These documents are  ‘stand alone’ and do not link to our management information system.  The North Ayrshire format is also not aligned with educational targets within Curriculum for Excellence.

Following extensive research and consultation, a number of schools in East Lothian have been asked to pilot the use of  SEEMIS Pupil Plans as an alternative IEP format.  The SEEMIS Pupil Plan has been developed by City of Edinburgh Council in collaboration with SEEMIS and the Scottish Government and is now used in an increasing number of Scottish  authorities.

A decision will be taken later this session as to whether all  East Lothian schools will use this format in the future.

Schools will be kept informed of any further developments.  However if you would like further information about the pilot, please get in touch with Linda Gaughan at

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Hugh O’Donnell, MSP’s Scottish Autism Bill has now reached its most crucial and important stage- its first parliamentary vote this month. The Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee has decided not to support the Bill, believing that sufficient legislaion already exists.

For details about the latest on this bill have a look here

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 including this link:

Linda Gaughan

Inclusion & Equality Officer