Support for Learning

All children and young people need support to help them learn. Inverclyde Council operates within the GIRFEC agenda (Getting it Right for Every Child). The main sources of support in early years and in schools are the staff who, through their normal practice, are able to meet a diverse range of needs. With good quality teaching and learning and an appropriate curriculum most children and young people are able to benefit appropriately from education without the need for additional support. The definition of additional support is a wide one and it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of all possible forms of additional support.

If a parent considers that his or her child has additional support needs and wishes to make enquiries on this they should contact the Head Teacher.

Pupils who at times experience difficulties with their work are catered for within their class programmes of study. Work is differentiated where appropriate to allow pupils to work at his/her level.

The school is supported by a member of staff with a specific remit for support for learning 2 and ½ days per week whose specialist training allows her to work with children who have specific difficulties and co-ordinates the work with the class teachers. Steps are taken to ensure that parents are consulted and kept informed at appropriate intervals.

If a child has a specific difficulty further advice may be sought from Psychological Services after parents have been consulted. Whinhill operates a policy by which children who are in need of Learning Support are identified at the earliest possible time. All children in Primary Two have their progress monitored by their own teacher and a Support for Learning Teacher, to ensure they are progressing at the correct pace. This ensures that learning support may be given at the first opportunity.

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