Pupil Support

The primary responsibility of Pupil Support staff is to care for the welfare of all pupils in their case loads. They will therefore try to win the trust of pupils and establish good relationships. Pupil Support staff are available and approachable on a regular basis and this is especially important at times when children require help with problems and difficulties. Clearly as pupils progress through the school, Pupil Support staff will provide different forms of support and advice (personal, social, academic, vocational) but they are always available to help pupils and parents at times when important decisions must be made: eg the choice of subjects to major in when transferring into S3; vocational advice for more senior pupils.

With regard to careers advice, our year Pupil Support staff liaise with the Careers Adviser from Skills Development Scotland. The Adviser visits the school to provide up-to-date information on Careers, Further and Higher Education, and is normally present at parents’ meetings to talk with parents. Additional information relating to school leavers is provided later in this booklet.

Pupil Support staff are also the link between school and other specialist agencies, whose work, in part, is co-ordinated by the 12+ Forum.

Subject to changes in staffing, Pupil Support staff remain with their groups, building up knowledge of all pupils as individuals. They will monitor the progress of pupils, especially those with special needs and those who are underachieving.

The Pupil Support staff are very much involved in the life of their House and conversely expect the involvement of pupils in the life of the school. They chair meetings of the Year Council (elected by pupils) organise and participate in social events and are generally available for informal conversations with pupils (as for example during lunch sittings).

Working with each team are class tutors who meet with pupils in daily registration, issue information and are often the first to offer support and help with certain difficulties. In this sense class tutors are “first line” guidance teachers and indeed all teachers in Beeslack are concerned with the pastoral welfare of pupils.

More serious problems, however, are to be passed on to the Pupil Support team. You will also find that many of the contacts made from school are co-ordinated through these members of staff.

Please emphasise to your son/daughter that he/she should speak with his/her Pupil Support teacher as soon as possible if experiencing any difficulty, however trivial. An early conversation should prevent longer term anxieties which might affect the pupil’s progress. The Pupil Support teacher will also act as the point of contact for parents, and enquiries should be made to the appropriate Year Head in the first instance. Normally you are asked to contact the school to arrange an appointment as the Pupil Support team have teaching commitments. In cases of extreme urgency, however, visit the school and one of the senior staff should be able to see you.

It is also important for parents to keep us informed of changes of circumstances at home which are liable to affect your child’s life at school – anything which might affect performance/behaviour.

In the current session (2013-14) the Pupil Support team are as follows:

Year Heads
Mr J Ryan S1/S2
Mr T Hepburn S3/S4
Mrs C Anderson S5/S6

Pupil Support - Guidance
Ms M Leppan Livinstone House
Mr M Giblin Hoy House
Mrs C Heavon-Jones Stevenson House

Pupil Support – Support for Learning
Mrs C Gibb & Mrs G Gess

Pupil Support - Inclusion
Mrs S Semple