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Pupil Support

What is our Pupil Support system?

All the young people are assigned to a Pupil Support teacher on entering our school. Pupil Support provides the link in the educational chain between home and various departments in our school. All teachers in a school have a clear responsibility for the childrens' welfare. It is the Pupil Support teacher who has an `all round` picture of an individual pupils progress. The Pupil Support teacher also prepares a structured Pupil Support programme to help all the pupils at certain stages of development. Pupil Support staff are therefore engaged in a number of important tasks in addition to their teaching duties including monitoring progress, attendance, attainment, well being, etc. Those identified as being at risk are identified and every encouragement is given to achieve their full potential

 What do Pupil Support teachers do?

Pupil Support teachers help in the following ways. For example:

  • caring and providing support for all pupils
  • developing close links with Primary 7 pupils and teachers
  • taking care of new admissions
  • regularly reviewing the academic progress of young people
  • assisting with options choices
  • actively promoting social inclusion
  • monitoring of attendance and timekeeping
  • caring for pupils who face difficulties - emotional, physical and in school work
  • preparing reports on pupils - for employers, colleges, universities, etc
  • contacting parents of individual pupils - by letter, telephone, interview and meeting
  • linking with supporting agencies such as the Careers` Service, Social Work, Community Organisations, etc

The role of Pupil Support is central to much that happens in our school. So essential is its contribution that it is our clear policy to involve not only teachers promoted in Pupil Support but also all teachers on our staff. All staff are encouraged to take a close interest in the education and welfare of the young people they teach. All teachers are required to contribute to the programme of Curricular and Vocational Pupil Support and to the Personal and Social Development of their pupils. All teachers are urged to contribute to the ethos of our school.

 What are the aims of Pupil Support in St. Andrew's?

The aims of Pupil Support staff are to assist each student by identifying and meeting needs in terms of Personal, Social, Curricular and Vocational Pupil Support. These needs are met by providing:

  • individual support and Pupil Support
  • contributions via inserts to our programme of education for personal and social development
  • information and advice for realistic decision making about educational options, career and life choices