All children and young people need support to help them benefit from education. The needs of every young person in Kilwinning Academy are different and unique. Needs often vary over the time of the young person’s learning journey with us.
The main sources of support are our staff who, through good practice and dedication, are able to meet a diverse range of needs. However, any child or young person could, at some time in their school career, need something additional to, or different from, the support given generally to most other young people at the same stage, in order to help them overcome a particular barrier to their learning.
The Pupil Support Department contributes to those times in a young person’s life by:
Meeting with young people, parents/carers and staff to offer advice and support to allow each one of our young people to maximise their potential to access the curriculum.
Sharing information with staff on individuals’ needs and how these can best be supported through strategies and development of differentiated resources.
Working alongside young people in their subject classes, in one-to-one sessions, or in targeted classes/small group sessions in the Support Base
Supporting the provision of ICT for young people in classes, and providing young people with the skills in software in Assistive Technology to help their independence in later life
Working alongside other agencies as part of the ‘Team Around the Child’ approach to ensure understanding and continuity of approach to the whole life of the young person.
Facilitating the process of gathering evidence for additional assessment arrangements (which is gathered throughout each pupil’s school career) and putting these in place for assessments within class, prelims and SQA exams. These arrangements may include the use of Digital Question Papers (where a computer is used to “read” text to pupils and access to a spellchecker to overcome spelling difficulties), Reader/Scribe (where someone would read and write text as required), transcription, extra-time or other appropriate strategies.
During 2019-20 Kilwinning Academy’s Pupil Support Department has:
Provided 2 x S1 and 1 x S2 Targeted English Classes for 12 young people in each class
Supported a further 45 young people a week who have difficulties adjusting to their current stage of life, or class or school, by providing short to medium term assistance to help pupils catch up on work or provide study support through one-to-one sessions and small groups
Delivered 2 Blocks of 5 Week-a-block Enhanced Transition Activities for 46 Primary 7 children from our cluster primaries – and an additional programme for P6’s.
Delivered the Saltire Award Programme to develop volunteering opportunities
Created Work Experience opportunities for pupils across the whole school in S3 – S6. This is organised by Mrs McBreen one of our Support Teachers, who works closely with the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce to provide appropriate placements either as a week long placement or on a longer more flexible approach. Pupils have participated in a wide rage of placements within various vocational fields such as Uniformed Services, Journalism, Engineering, Hair and Beauty and Animal Care.
Hosted lunchtime activities of Arts and Crafts and a Film Club
Provided over 700 Alternative Assessment Arrangements for young people at Prelims and final SQA exams.