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SHANARRI: How Enquire supports wellbeing

Getting it Right for Every Child (or GIRFEC) is the national approach to improving outcomes for all children.  The wellbeing of all children and young people is at the heart of GIRFEC. Services should work with each other to make sure children, young people and their families get support where needed. To support this work a standard [read more...]

Report to Parliament: Implementation of the Additional Support for Learning Act

This week saw the publication of the fifth and final report on the implementation of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act. The theme for the 2016 report is children and young people’s mental health. The report highlights major developments relating to support for children and young people with additional support needs in education [read more...]

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...]

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