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Royal Blind Learning Hub – providing support to school staff across Scotland

Enquire staff were lucky enough recently to catch up with Davina Shiell from Royal Blind in Edinburgh to find out more about their fantastic learning hub. For many years the Royal Blind School has supported teachers in mainstream schools that have visually impaired children on an ad-hoc basis. The Royal Blind Learning Hub has now been created to pull together [read more...]

Being in a classroom doesn’t mean you are included. Enable Scotland’s new campaign

Enable Scotland have launched a national conversation – Included in the Main?! – to find out what education is like for young people with learning disabilities. They believe too many young people who have learning disabilities are still excluded in school: • By friends and peers • From classroom and curriculum • From opportunities and activities that make up the [read more...]

Working well with parents and carers

We recently wrote a blog post for parents providing tips for successful communication with a child’s school and have received good feedback on how useful these are. In this post we focus on what school staff can do to contribute to positive relationships with parents. Using information from the Supporting Children’s Learning Code of Practice [read more...]

Six steps for successful communication

Two common worries we hear about from parents contacting our helpline are communicating with their child’s school and attending meetings. Using guidance produced by the US agency CADRE (Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education) we’ve put together six steps for successful communication with a child’s school which might also help parents feel more [read more...]

Brian Shannan, Deputy Head Teacher and Educational Audiologist, Fife Council

Brian Shannan is a Deputy Head of Teacher/Educational Audiologist for Fife Council. Below Brian explains more about his fascinating job and the important role Educational Audiologist’s have in supporting deaf and hard of hearing [read more...]

Myth: A non-looked after child living in a kinship care arrangement does not have the same rights to additional support for learning as a looked after child.

Under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 (the ASL Act) children and young people who are ‘looked after’ are presumed to have additional support needs. This is the case unless the education authority assesses them and decides they do not. The term ‘looked after’ used in the ASL Act is based on [read more...]

Jenny Brown, Outreach Teacher, Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service

Jenny Brown, Outreach Teacher, explains the interesting and varied role she has in the Glasgow Dyslexia Support Service. “My role as an outreach teacher [read more...]

Positive impact of Mediation

Most disagreements about a child’s additional support needs or additional support for learning can be resolved at either school or local authority level. However, if this is not possible, parents, schools or local authorities can request independent mediation. Mediation brings parties together to work with each other to try to resolve a disagreement. It gives participants [read more...]

Joyce Buchanan, Enquire Helpline Officer

1. What does your role involve? I have been a Helpline Officer with Enquire for over 9 years. The main remit is to respond to additional support for learning enquiries that come via the telephone, e-mail, website enquiries, letter and recently Facebook and Twitter. I have approximately one day a month off the helpline rota [read more...]

Robert Brown, Parent Carer Development Officer, Lanarkshire Carers Centre

Looking after  a child with additional support needs can be stressful for parent carers and it’s easy for them to forget to look after themselves. That’s why Robert Brown from the Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre is very pleased that his role as Parent Carer Development Officer has recently been developed. Robert explains, “One [read more...]

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