Janet Storey has produced these excellent guidelines for how to support EAL pupils in schools and another very helpful document about enrolment procedures for bilingual pupils.
Practitioners like to talk to other practitioners and they do this with increased confidence when what they are discussing is based on successful real life experience. To this end, a new blog is now available to support CfE in primary, ASN and early years settings. It has been set up for people who are working at the ‘chalk face’. Visit the blog to hear what other practitioners have been doing and see the links to other related support and guidance on the LTS website. The blog will be looking at ‘what could I do now and how might I do it’ in a range of areas including:
- Experiences and Outcomes
- Tracking and Progression
- Building Your Curriculum.
December’s Children in Scotland magazine contains an article I have written about this being a good time to consider if current support for learning practices are actually achieving what we want them to. You can read the article here Just Support For Learning. I would be interested to learn your thoughts on the issues it raises.
The December Children in Scotland magazine has a focus on protecting children’s services in tough times. (There may be a small charge to access the whole magazine – but you can read my article for free).
Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland
‘Stop and Stare’ campaign
A forum of blind and partially sighted young people in Scotland have launched a national campaign to raise awareness of what being young and living with sight loss is actually like. They hope the campaign, called ‘Stop and Stare’, will help combat the isolation, exclusion and bullying that some forum members have experienced in school and on the street.
To kick it off, the Haggeye forum – set up by RNIB Scotland three years ago to represent young people aged 12 to 25 – unveiled a new digital resource-kit for schools at a launch event in Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Thursday 16 December. The kit includes a USB stick with audio testimonials from young people explaining their sight loss condition and how it impacts on their lives, a short audio-described video outlining how to guide someone who is blind or partially sighted, as well as general information about eye health.
For further information, please contact Ian Brown at RNIB Scotland on 0131 652 3164
The East Lothian MOVE programme got an excellent write-up in the latest edition of TESS (page 14 of the Feb 8th issue). This followed on from a very successful publicity and celebration event last September which was attended, and enjoyed, by staff pupils and parents from East and Mid Lothian.
MOVE is an actvity based programme which helps young people with disabilities develop the skills of sitting standing and walking so that they can become more independent. The TESS article focuses on one pupil in one school but acknowledges that MOVE is in place in other schools and that a number of staff are involved. The success of the programme in this authority is down to the hard work and dedication of all the staff, parents and pupils who have been involved. We are one of the few authorities in the UK who are using MOVE (but the number is growing) and it is great to see the efforts of everyone involved being recognised and acknowledged.
The MOVE programme is another area where East Lothian is in the forefront of developing innovative, inclusive practice which supports young people to develop their potential.
If you are interested in finding out more about MOVE go to www.move-europe.org.uk . If you want to be involved in developing the skills to work with pupils on the MOVE programme we will be organising training events later this year. You can contact me at email@example.com if you would like more information about the training or MOVE in general.
Inclusion and Equality Officer
Anyone interested in finding out more about what Support For Learning (SFL) teachers do, learning how to develop the skills/strategies they use or maybe even becoming an SFL teacher? If the answer is yes then there are CPD courses coming up soon which could be exactly what you are looking for.
A group of 5 twilight sessions ( on 7/2, 19/2, 27/2, 6/3, 11/3) will cover the following 5 aspects of SFL work:
Direct Teaching- Co-operative Teaching- Consultation- Staff Development- Specialist Services
The sessions will be presented by some of the excellent SFL staff we have in East Lothian. Then, as a follow-up to these sessions, there will an afternoon event, open to all staff, where the presenters will be joined by some more of our excellent SFL teachers to demonstrate and share a range of ideas and resources currently in use.
Any SFL teachers who would like to take part in the ‘sharing good practice’ session should contact either your Cluster Team Co-ordinator (Pam Clark, Neiria McClure, Morna MacDonald) or me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Details of how to book for the CPD sessions can be found at https://www.edubuzz.org/cpdshare/
Inclusion and Equality Officer
I was at a Support For Learning teachers meeting yesterday for teachers in the Haddington and Tranent clusters (5/12) where Lesley Sargent, Speech Therapist gave a demonstration of the Health ASL website. Everyone there was very impressed with the amount of high quality, useful information it has on it. Many thanks to the team who put it together and to Lesley for an excellent demo.
The site has information about specific conditions, contact details for the various services and lots of tips for teachers. Well worth looking at if you haven’t already done so. You will find it at www.asl.scot.nhs.uk .
Also, something to look out for, on this site in the very near future, Jill Gorzkowska, the NHS ASL Therapy link person will be providing updates on joint working projects in East Lothian.
Liz Herd, Inclusion and Equality Officer
Many teachers have been asking for Access courses and materials suitable for S1 and S2 pupils working at Level A/B in language.
We have some materials from various schools and are now arranging to put these in the Education Exchange in the relevant subject folders. It is hoped that as resources are developed across the authority these will be shared in the same way.
Linda Gaughan and Liz Herd