Support for Learning Business Meeting 1st November 2011
1. Maria welcomed all to the meeting.
2. Morag spoke to the paper ‘Update on the Edinburgh Integrated Literacy Strategy
(EILS) October 2011’.
there was discussion about using and implementing SRA as a tool for S1 and
S2 literacy improvement
Discussion of Suffolk Assessment of Reading and using the results positively
Baseline assessments and measuring interventions using SWRT and possibly
SWST pre and post intervention. SfL departments are likely to be asked to
report on this for their school.
Slides for this will be available on SfL /GLOW.
Further information from Morag.Robertson@edinburgh.gov.uk
3. Pupil trails
Maria circulated a draft paper for comment - please return to
Maria.Lloyd@edinburgh.gov.uk ). These were formerly called Audit trails and
are likely to form part of HMIe inspections. Reference can be made to the LT
Scotland self- reflection resource. The aim is to see if needs are being met across
the curriculum. As SfL are leading on creating individual and group plans, the
logical next step is to monitor how they work in practice in classrooms across the
curriculum. This can be done in a manageable way and be a usual part of SFL
monitoring, it is a good way to know what is happening and to identify issues.
Other staff for example SMT or Support for Pupils may also be involved. There
was discussion on models for doing this including using same model as HMIe,
which is to select a pupil and shadow for a day or half day and to include
feedback from pupils and teachers Maria encouraged schools to ask their QIO to
lead focus groups in literacy trails .
Maria’s presentation will be available on the GLOW/ ASL website.
4. Health Care Management CPD
Iona spoke about the Healthcare Management guidance and associated training
that has been available for some time now. It is hoped that there will be 5 people
from each school who will have attended a CPD session. They should probably
include representatives from SMT, PE, H Ec, SfL, and Learning Assistants. A few
places are available this session and Iona is looking to put on more courses - see
More information available from Iona.McLeod@ea.edin.sch.uk
Anne updated the meeting on
Refresh: delayed until August 2012. 100 packages are allowed for all schools and
secondary SfL staff will need to decide what they want to go on. Please let Anne
know about essential software that should go on machines after refresh.
Anne demonstrated an Intel Reader and an Echo Pen. This is a tool for note-
taking. The pen records an audio file synchronized with any written notes. The
file can be downloaded onto the computer. Anne reminded the group that Iona has
sent out an email about Read and Write Gold asking for feedback about how it is
being used. Schools are asked to respond to Iona directly.
Liz Maxwell reported how she has used the ipad in WHEC. Students enjoyed
using it. Existing programmes on it are primary but enjoyed by S1 and S2. It
makes no noise, quiet for the classroom, connects to the internet to download apps
and free software. Not sure about just how to use as a teaching tool as it is hard to
monitor that games are not being played.
6. Information and Library Resources
Cleo shared some of the supports that the service offers to schools. This includes
Interest reading boxes for groups or individuals
Specific tools for reading
Cleo encouraged departments to arrange visits to the centre to see the full
range of resources available.
More information from Cleo.Joes@ea.edin.sch.uk
7. Health and Wellbeing
Maria shared how Health and Wellbeing is being developed across the city.
School clusters are meeting to develop Health and Wellbeing guidance across
learning. It is likely to include statements and key messages about
Effective learning and teaching
Assessment – overarching statements and using them as measures.
And implementing them into usual classroom practice.
PSE targets for young people with plans will be delivered throughout the
curriculum and will be reported on.
Maria would like feedback about how ASL can input into the development of
Health and Wellbeing. She suggested that a small group meet to look at this more
fully and invited volunteers. Please let Maria know if you would like to be part of
Next meeting Tuesday 6th March at Braidburn School 4:30 – 6:30