Support for Learning  

SMT link – Mrs L Lees
(Depute Head Care and Welfare)


SFL teaching staff

Mrs P Masson - Principal Teacher
Mrs C Medley
Mr A Burr
Mrs J Bewick
Mrs K Canning
Mr A MacLean
Mrs D Gerrie
Mr D MacKenzie
Mrs M MacDonald
Mrs L Lawson


Auxiliary staff

Mrs A Coutts
Mrs L Harper
Mrs W Thomas
Mrs K Ballantyne
Mrs Y Hainey
Mrs L Lennon
Ms S Repova

Children's Escorts
Mrs L Harper
Mrs M Mackenzie

Support for Learning staff support pupils in the Alford Children Services Network through their work in the 13 associated primaries and Alford Academy.

Additional support needs can arise from any factor which causes a barrier to learning, whether that factor relates to social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic, disability, or family and care circumstances. For instance, additional support may be required for a child or young person who is being bullied; has behavioural difficulties; has learning difficulties; has a sensory or mobility impairment; is at risk; or is bereaved.

Some additional support needs will be long term while others will be short term. The effect they have will vary from child to child. In all cases though, it is how these factors impact on the individual child's learning that is important and this will determine the level of support required. (Additional Support for Learning Act 2004)
SFL staff work collaboratively with primary staff and mainstream teachers in the Academy to identify and respond to individual pupil needs.

Support may involve information or strategies to support a pupil in class, 1 to 1 or small group teaching, provision of specific resources or courses.  SFL staff are also involved when pupils make the transition from P7 to S1 and also from school to destinations in work, college or university. At all times SFL staff work closely with parents, pupils and other professionals to identify and review additional support needs.



Enquire - the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning
Enquire offers free, independent, confidential advice and information on additional support for learning through:
Telephone helpline 0845 123 2303
online enquiry service
websites: (for parents, carers and practitioners) (for children & young people)
Enquire also provides a range of accurate, clear and easy-to-read guides and factsheets explaining everything from 'additional support in the early years' to 'what planning should take place for moving on from school'.