Annual conference 2013 – The strongest link…working together to provide additional support

Enquire’s 14th annual conference was held on March 7th at the Tweed Horizons Centre in the Scottish Borders. Titled The strongest link…working together to provide additional support, it explored partnership working in providing additional support for learning to children and young people.

This theme was chosen given the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s long term plan for Additional Support for Learning and commitment at national level to improving the experiences and support available to children and young people with additional support needs and their families. A core aim, as recommended by the Doran review, is to improve partnership working in order to see real change and reform in the sector.

The Scottish Borders were our partners for the event and the Chair for the day was Glenn Rodger, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Colin Spivey, Head of Support and Wellbeing, Learning Directorate, Scottish Government gave the opening keynote. He started by quoting Henry Ford who said ‘coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.’ He went on the describe Scottish Government activity in this area since the last Enquire conference.

This year the learners’ perspective was on transition – getting ready to leave school. Pupils from Woodlands School in Edinburgh worked with Enquire to make a film of their views about getting ready to leave school, post school options and a resource developed by Playback ICE called Moving on. This film is available on our YouTube channel.

Read more about the day, including key learning points, in the conference report.  The Strongest link…working together to provide additional support (PDF 256KB)

Presentations from the day available to download:

Iona McLeod, Association of Additional Support for Learning Officers (PDF 656 KB)

Making Girfec and ASL match and considering the Children and Young People Bill – Lynn Townsend, Scottish Government (PDF 568 KB)

Curriculum for Excellence and ASL – Ken McAra, Education Scotland (PDF 1.6 MB)

Additional support in the early years – Jan Savage, Enable, fSDC education sub group and advisory group ASL (PDF 472 KB)

Listening to and involving children and young people in inclusive schools – Linda Young, Access All Areas (PDF 13.2 MB)

The concluding keynote was delivered by Professor Lani Florian, Bell Chair of Education, University of Edinburgh who looked at Advances in Inclusive Education: an agenda for the future. (PDF 5 MB)

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