Supporting Learners at Kincorth Academy

Supporting Learners at Kincorth Academy

Universal Support is given to all of our Learners from class teachers, their house teacher and the PT Pupil Support for their House.  House Teachers register attendance daily and hold learning conversations with their pupils.  The PT Pupil Support teaches PSE and meets pupils individually to provide support and guidance.

Targeted Support is planned through weekly house meetings chaired by the House DHT and attended by PT Pupil Support, PT SfL, the House SFL Teacher & the Educational Psychologist.

Targeted Support from the SFL Department is based on the 5 Roles of the SfL Teacher :

1. Consultancy

Consultancy can take place in many forms: from simply giving advice to working collaboratively with individuals or departments. Effective learning and teaching strategies may be discussed and developed and suitable resources identified and made available.

2. Co-operative teaching
At times SfL teachers teach alongside class teachers in the classroom. Clear aims are set out beforehand and subsequently reviewed. The benefits of co-operative teaching include: providing direct support to and monitoring the progress of all pupils in class; developing classroom strategies with the subject teacher and assisting in recording and assessment.

3. Direct Tuition
Sometimes it is helpful for pupils, individually or in small groups, to work out of class with a member of SfL staff. Also blocks of support may be given to larger groups of pupils to focus on development of specific skills.

4. Services to individual pupils
The SfL Department collates information on individual pupils and is involved in further investigation should the need arise. It has responsibility for ensuring that information on individual pupils is appropriately disseminated both in school and to external agencies.

5. Staff Development
The SfL Department contributes to staff development in a variety of ways: through the sharing of insight, experience and resources; the presentation of in-service sessions; offering guidance on materials, equipment and approaches; commenting on guidelines and briefing documents and by disseminating information from courses attended.

None of these roles is carried out in isolation and each interacts with the others.

Minimum Effective Intervention

The school firmly believes that it is essential to ensure pupils have the right support at the right time.  Support is regularly reviewed through house meetings and formal review meetings to ensure that the pupils are able to be as independent as possible.