Better Behaviour, Better Learning
This document outlines new policy guidance in response to the Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research conducted in 2016 and published in December 2017. The Scottish Advisory Group on Relationships and Behaviour in Schools (SAGRABIS) have identified the next steps, outcomes and priority actions to support local authorities, establishments, practitioners and partners to further improve the ethos and culture, and relationships and behaviour in Scottish schools. This is central to the successful delivery of Curriculum for Excellence, implementation of Getting it Right for Every Child and the aspirations of the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the National Improvement Framework.
All children have the right to have their views considered when decisions are being made about the support they get with their learning. Children aged 12 – 15 now have the right to be more involved in decisions that affect them.
Once a child reaches their 12th birthday they have the right to:
- Ask their school to find out if they need extra support
- Have a say in plans and decisions made about the support they get
- Question plans made for them, or
- Make an appeal to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal if they are not happy with what certain plans say
- Have an advocate with them at meetings to help them share their views and understand what’s going on
- Get help to sort out any disagreements about their support.
My Rights, My Say can help children exercise these rights by providing:
- Advice and information about a child’s rights
- Advocacy to support a child to have their voice heard when talking to their school independent support to make sure the child’s views are heard in formal process (such as assessments)
- Support to enhance professional practice in listening to children’s views
- Legal representations to support a child making a reference to the Additional Support Needs Tribunal.
GLOW Scotland is a secure national resource which gives intranet access to Scotland’s education community, supporting information sharing between colleagues. It contains links to local and national resources and provides a framework for supporting learners through its virtual learning environment.
Education Scotland Free Online Modules:
- Introduction to dyslexia and inclusive practice suite of 3 modules
- Introduction to Inclusive Education
- Inclusion in Practice: The CIRCLE Framework - Secondary
Inclusive Learning and Collaborative Working: Ideas in Practice - Primary School Resource
This resource has been developed based on the ‘best practice’ of experienced education staff working in primary schools. It contains practical strategies to support learners who have additional support needs. Available from CIRCLE Collaboration 2015. City of Edinburgh Council, Queen Margaret University and NHS Lothian.
Learning in 2(+) languages: Ensuring effective inclusion for bilingual learners
This resource highlights good practice for supporting learners who are accessing the curriculum through English as an additional language. It contains an overview of bilingualism as well as strategies to support the development of English and checklists for action.
Education Scotland was set up by the Scottish Government to support quality and improvement in Scottish education to secure better experiences and outcomes for learners. It contains a wide range of information, practical materials and resources to support teaching and learning.
NHS Additional Support for Learning website
This contains information on specific conditions, suggestions of practical supports and strategies, and contact and referral details for partner services from NHS Lothian.
Guidance on partnership working between allied health professions and education
This guidance aims to improve partnership working between allied health professions, education staff and parents/carers, in order to improve the experience of children and young people in reaching their potential.
NHS guidance and support pages:
- NHS guidance on Sensory impairment
- NHS guidance on Autism
- NHS information on ADHD
- NHS information on Deafblind
- NHS information on depression
- NHS information on improving mental wellbeing