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Language & Communication (English)

Specialist Activities within Support for Learning


There are always a few pupils in S1 who experience difficulty with basic literacy and who need individual support throughout their seconday school careers.  An attempt to address this crucial problem with language has been made by the Support for Learning Department and is known as fast-tracking.  It has been running for many years now and the results from this intensive course are very encouraging.

Two groups normally run for pupils in S1 from January until June.  It then starts again for them in S2 and runs until December.  It addresses problems with oral reading, reading comprehension and spelling.  The tuition is in a small group situatiion of from 4-6 pupils.  Each S1 pupil chosen will miss three or four periods from their normal classwork per week.  It is hoped that this loss will be far outweighed by the overall benefits, which the pupils will receive from working in a small group, concentrating on basic literacy skills.

Homework Club

The Homework Club runs within the Support for Learning Department every morning from 8.15am.  It is for all pupils who require assistance with their homework.  Pupils who have not been carrying out homework within classes and are referred to Pupil Support, will also use this time and support to catch up with homework not carried out.

S1 Being my Best

As part of our on-going commitment to raising achievement within Carluke High we have organised the provision for supporting the more able child in S1, known as Being my Best.  This is a school based, after school activity in S1 where pupils choose more work.  Believe it or not, school work can be exciting and interesting!  There is an opportunity for pupils to carry on with Being my Best in S2.

Every pupil who decides to take up the challenge to be their best will be asked to learn about a number of topics.  Some are listed below:

  • How the brain works, looking at intelligence, learning, emotion and creativity
  • Short and long term memory activities
  • Involve pupils in mind mapping activities, which encourage logical thinking skills and extend written capabilities
  • Improve organisational skills
  • Stretch able pupils into deeper thinking
  • Speed reading

 The course is bright and colourful, in order to generate interest.  This is particularly necessary to put across techniques such as mind mapping, where the use of colour is essential.  All these new skills will assist pupils in their learning, as they progress from S1-S6 and onto university. 

S2 Being my Best

As part of our on-going commitment to raising achievement within Carluke High we have organised the provision for supporting the more able child in S2, known as Being my Best.

The pupils involved are asked to carry out a piece of investigative work on a topic of their choice.  It takes place after school in the School Library.

During this time, part of the course is also spent looking at memory mapping, use of the internet and effective searching and how to set out an investigation.  We also look at learning styles and Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences - self perception questionnaire.

The top three investigations are rewarded with prizes at the school Prizegiving ceremony in June.

Support Services Assistant Auxiliaries

These auxiliaries provide invaluable support to enable pupils with difficulties to be educated within mainstream schools.

Their duties are flexible, according to the needs of the pupils, but may involve:

  • Accompanying pupils with mobility problems from class to class and attending to their personal needs at breaktimes
  • Assisting pupils  in class and in the support for learning base as required by the class teacher
  • supervising excercise programmes
  • assisting with special exam arrangements
  • helping to improve the organisational skills of the pupils
  • assisting in the administering of medication and nursing care

Specialist Support Services

This service exists to assist the school respond to the diversity on needs which exist in schools today.  It operates within, and contributes to the overall support for learning systems which the school provides.

We receive an allocation of time from one or more Specialist Support teachers.



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