Beyond the Classroom
The role of the Support for Learning Teacher
The Support for Learning staff play a very important role in the life of pupils and their parents and school staff.
Here are some of the ways in which we are involved:
Acting as consultant both formally and informally, to individual members of staff on all aspects of pupil learning, especially with regard to the appropriateness of the curriculum and assessment, the suitability of text materials, methodology and classroom organisation.
Consultation is offered to
- pupils and parents
- teachers and departments
- the Management team within the school.
This is where the subject teacher and the Support for Learning teacher works with a class of pupils.
The Support for Learning teacher can help promote a variety of learning experiences:
- Group work
- Paired Reading
- Computer Assisted Learning
Subject teachers and the Support for Learning teacher work together to provide a "curriculum for all".
The Support for Learning teacher is a link between the school and other agencies offering information and help to individual pupils.
They liaise with:
- Educational Psychologist
- Speech and Language Specialist
- Hearing Impaired Specialist
- ESL Teacher
- Social Work
The Support for Learning Department works very closely with Behaviour Support and the Pupil Support Department within the school.
The Support for Learning Department are also involved with Primary liaison where visits are made to feeder primaries from March to June, and primary profiles are drawn up on identified pupils who are transferring to Carluke High School.
The Support for Learning teacher provides specialist support for pupils experiencing difficulty in mastering the early processes of language and numeracy. This can take the form of a small group situation or one-to-one tuition. Some of these pupils may have an Additional Support Plan.
Assisting in staff development of colleagues, eg ipads across the curriculum, mind mapping etc.