It is a fact that not all pupils are equally able to deal with the level of work which they may face in secondary school. The reasons for this are varied. Some pupils may have experienced difficulties in literacy and numeracy throughout primary school. Others may have been successful there but begin to encounter problems in the secondary school caused perhaps by the number of subjects being studied or the pace of the work. Pupils may be very capable in some subjects but perform less well in others and this may be more apparent in the First Year than at any later stage. In short, all pupils are different and arrangements have to be made to help pupils who are finding difficulties in learning. A number of initiatives have been recommended by Renfrewshire Council and all of these are employed in the school to assist pupils with additional support needs. In some cases specialist teachers join certain classes and work in conjunction with the subject teacher to provide direct assistance for particular pupils. On some occasions a few pupils may be extracted from class on a short term basis so that specialist teachers may give concentrated help. Occasionally, an individualised homework programme is devised to assist pupils with a specific weakness. Personal Learning Programmes (PLPs) are in operation for those pupils who require them. These programmes are devised and monitored by the Learning Support specialist, subject teachers and peripatetic Special Educational Needs support staff on a regular basis. Children with Coordinated Support Plans have their progress reviewed regularly and Full Case Conferences (involving parents, relevant external agencies and school staff) are held every two years. While the main effort is made in First and Second Years, assistance is available to pupils at all stages if deemed necessary. For some pupils additional help is made available from the Learning Support Unit at West College Scotland. An Extended Support Team has been established in the school to provide additional assistance for pupils with social/emotional/behavioural problems. Further support may be available from Network Support Teachers, and Elaine, Will and Trudy, Home Link Workers, on a one-to-one/small group basis. S6 students volunteer to help in a "Paired Learning "scheme in a number of subject areas.
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