Support for Learning

The Support for Learning (SfL) department is committed to the provision of appropriate and effective support for all pupils including those who have an additional support need that may affect their educational progress. By providing support across the curriculum and across the years every pupil can be enabled to achieve his or her very best.

Robert Gordon’s College is committed to early Intervention and encourages referrals from teachers, parents and the pupils themselves. SfL teachers will then follow up on referrals and, through discussion and internal assessments, will determine if a pupil requires any extra support and how this should be put in place.

In S1 and S2 pupils are supported with their literacy and numeracy during English and Mathematics classes where needed, with either a qualified teacher or a classroom assistant working alongside the subject teacher to enable pupil to make the maximum progress. This method of support continues into S3 and S4 and can continue to S6 if required.

Tutorial Time

For some pupils this level of support does not fully meet their needs and it may be necessary for him or her to have more concentrated support via Tutorial time. This can be up to seven periods a week dependent on the school year of the pupil and the level of support needed. Pupils’ needs are assessed on an individual basis and are reviewed annually. Any pupil who has Tutorial Time will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) drawn up which will contain the Long Term and Short Term Targets for the year. The SfL department submits reports in line with other subject departments and is present at Parents’ Evenings for consultation by any parent.

All Tutorial pupils will have an annual review where his or her progress is discussed with the Head of SfL, the parents and the pupil. Plans and targets for the upcoming year are also discussed.

Alternative Assessment Arrangements

It is possible for pupils to have Alternative Assessment Arrangements (AAA) for tests and exams. The procedure for determining whether AAAs are applied is rigorous to ensure fairness and equity for all.