Our Nurturing and welcoming department is here to work collaboratively with pupils, staff and parents to meet the needs of all learners at Castlebrae Community High School. Our aim is to ensure all learners can succeed to the best of their potential, regardless of ability. Support for Learning staff, teachers and pupil support assistants work with pupils in a range of ways to support and develop their self confidence.
How are pupils supported?
Teacher and PSA support – Support is mainly provided in classrooms with PSA support, 1:1 or small group working. In S1-2 supported sets are provided for English and Maths. These classes are capped at 10 pupils with a teacher and PSA support
Digital technology – Ipads are used throughout the department and promoted around the school to support learning. More information on the use of digital technology can be found on the SFL digital technology page
Nurture groups – Our successful Nurture programme runs for selected S1-3 pupils who require support with the transition from Primary to Secondary school. Groups will attend Nurture for set times throughout the week and work with two members of staff on a range of activities to support their learning, behaviour and health and wellbeing
Mental Health – A number of staff are trained in Mental Health First Aid. These key staff know how to respond in a crisis and provide guidance and support for young people. The school also has a key Mental Health practitioner. Shona McInally works with individual pupils, classes, Nurture groups and supports staff. More information can be found on the Mental Health support page.
Seasons for Growth – A number of staff are trained to deliver this 8 week programme. The aim is to support pupils who have experienced a significant change or loss in their life and helps to develop an understanding that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. The small group works with two members of staff to develop the coping skills and resilience required to understand and cope with the change or loss. The programme is run twice a year and pupils must self refer to participate
Social Skills Group – Working in small groups, pupils who require support to develop their social relationship skills will complete this 12 week course. Each week a new theme is explored and discussed. The group meets for 1 period a week.