A day in the life…

Elinda McClement, Registered Paediatric Nurse working as a Special Education School Nurse

Working to directly support children and young people with complex health needs means that Elinda McClement has a busy and rewarding role, but also means that no two days are the same. Elinda is a Registered Paediatric Nurse working as a Special Education School Nurse, which sees her working autonomously within an Additional Support for [read more...]

Morag Steven, Director of Common Ground Mediation

Although her job title is Director of Common Ground Mediation, Morag’s role is more diverse than that might suggest. As she puts it, “I do a bit of everything!” As Common Ground Mediation provides Additional Support Needs Mediation to eight local authorities under the terms of the ASL Act 2004 as amended, part of Morag’s [read more...]

Nicola McAllister, Education Adviser, SWIIS Foster Care Scotland Ltd

Her role as Education Adviser for SWIIS Foster Care Permanence Service allows Nicola McAllister to support both young people and their carers on a daily basis; work that is challenging but worthwhile. As she explains: “The Permanence Service works with carers who provide a ‘Forever Family’ for children who will never be able to return [read more...]

Elaine McNee, S.E.N Assistant, Kirn Primary School, Dunoon

Working as a Special Education Needs Assistant means that for Elaine, there are never two days the same. Elaine has been employed at Kirn Primary for the past seven years, having completed three years of training at college. She attended the school as part of her college placement before becoming a member of staff. Elaine is [read more...]

Jordan Smith, Young people’s information and advocacy worker, Kindred

Working life is never quiet when you are an advocacy worker. This is certainly true for Jordan, who is a young people’s information and advocacy worker at Kindred.  His role involves working with people between the ages of 14-24 who have a disability or additional support need. Working alongside Bev, the other young people’s worker [read more...]

Karen MacMaster, Development Officer Interrupted Learning, Highland Council

“My role is busy and diverse, but always interesting, working with Gypsy and Traveller families and others who experience interrupted learning to provide them with advice and support about accessing school, nursery and other educational opportunities. I also provide practical teaching support to targeted individuals and groups of Gypsy and Traveller pupils who require additional [read more...]

Marlies Rodriguez, School Project Manager, The Place2Be

No two days are the same for Marlies Rodriguez, School Project Manager (SPM) for award winning charity, The Place2Be, a school-based counselling service that works with children, staff and parents and carers to improve the emotional well-being of children, their families and the whole school community. Based at Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School in Tranent, Marlies [read more...]

David Woodier, A Looked After Children’s Liaison Teacher, North Ayrshire

1. What does the role of a Looked After Children’s Liaison Teacher involve? I think the liaison part of my job is key to helping looked after children and young people. Although I often work directly with a looked after child to help them to engage more fully in education, much of my time and effort is also spent [read more...]

Allan Cowieson, Quality Improvement Officer – Additional Support Needs, North Ayrshire Council


What does the role of Quality Improvement Officer involve? The Quality Improvement role emerged as a result of the 2000 Act requiring schools and local authorities to publish improvement plans to show how they would improve services. Every school in Scotland, mainstream and special, is expected to publish annual improvement plans. On top of this [read more...]

Maggie Tierney, the Deputy Director (Support for Learning), Scottish government Learning Directorate


This interview was first published in the April 2010 issue of Enquire within What does the role of Deputy Director involve? My role involves supporting Ministers to deliver the 15 national outcomes set out in the Scottish government’s National Performance Framework. In leading the Support for Learning Division within the Learning Directorate, my job is [read more...]

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