Primary pupil support tops the agenda

A report to Education, Children and Families Committee next week outlines steps that are being taken to review the support that is made available to pupils in Primary School.

A review has already been carried out and changes implemented for Secondary Schools in the city.
The aim of the review is to ensure pupils are getting a similar level of support across all schools in the city and that it meets the needs of all pupils.  This will be informed by the Curriculum for Excellence as well as other initiatives such as Getting it Right for Every Child and the National Parenting Strategy.  As part of this review support initiatives that are already making a positive impact on pupils, such as 'Place to Be' and 'Creating Confidence' could be considered for further roll-out to other schools.  This would make supporting these initiatives more affordable and sustainable. 'Place to Be' already operates in 10 Primary Schools.
Councillor Paul Godzik, Education, Children and Families Convener said, "We're undertaking this review as we want to ensure that all pupils, across all our schools are getting any additional support they may need.  It makes perfect sense to look at what has worked well to date and assess whether we can roll this out across all our schools.  I look forward to seeing how the review shapes up and the positive changes that it will bring."
One of the main aims of the review is to support and enhance pupil achievement and attainment as well as strengthening the links between Community Learning and Development, Family Learning and Primary Schools to achieve stronger and more consistent support for families across the city. 
Place2Be is a national charity providing emotional support to children in schools. This integrated school-based service offers swift access to counselling and other services. Place2Be also supports pupils with emotional and behavioural problems. 
Growing Confidence is an early intervention initiative which is concerned with multi-agency training and working with families in order to support children's emotional health and well-being and has supported over 65 primary and early years facilities to date.

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