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Support for Learning

Welcome to the Support for Learning Department, the department is managed by Yvonne Savage (DHT Support for Learning) and has the following staff. The Support for Learning Team will offer specialist support to young people who have an additional support need following referral from class teacher, pupil support tutors, parents, medical professionals and primary school transition information.



  • Mrs Gillian Douglas

ASN Assistants: 

  • Mrs Irene Boyd
  • Mrs Norma Hunter
  • Mrs Rasha Farrell
  • Miss Ashleigh Toner
  • Mrs Melanie Lannigan
Identification of Pupils Requiring Support

Most pupils are identified prior to admission through transition processes during the summer term. This allows information to be provided to class teachers before they meet the pupils.

Effective identification and assessment of the additional support needs of pupils are essential for making effective provision for those needs. The school has a clear referral system whereby any many of staff may refer a pupil. Where a pupil is referred appropriate assessment will be undertaken by the Support for Learning staff. Referrals and assessment results are passed on to the Depute Heads for Support for Learning and other external agencies which are then discussed with parents.

GIRFme Plans

Pupils with additional support needs may have a GIRFme Plan which is planned by the pupil themselves in discussion with Support for Learning staff/Pupil Support Tutor. Resources and approaches may have to be elaborated, differentiated or extended. Staff should evidence the support/strategies they have put in place. Pupils are involved in the setting up of GIRFme Plans and in the review meetings to action planning at various stages of their education.

Intervention Strategies for Pupils with Additional Support Needs

The Support for Learning Department employs many strategies to enhance the education of pupils with additional needs. For some pupils this may be support in class whilst for others there may be a need for additional support within the department. All support in the Department is to allow the pupils to achieve their potential and access all aspects of the curriculum that is available to them.