ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. Policies and Procedures

1.3. Students Support Policy


1.3.1 General

1.3.1.1 At Scottish Coding Academy we take the development and learning of each child very seriously. We regard every child as an individual and this is reflected throughout their education.

1.3.1.2 We also ensure that all children's learning is supported and planned. We use planning as a way of thinking about, talking about and arranging what and how your child learns. Monitoring children's progress and making sure they achieve their goals is very important.

1.3.1.3 All children and young people need support to help them learn. Through good quality learning and teaching, staff we are able to meet a diverse range of learning needs without additional support.

1.3.1.4 Our staff take time to get to know each child individually.

1.3.2 Working with Parents

1.3.2.1 We work with parents to ensure that children’s needs and targets are met from the beginning. We continue to keep records which allow staff to monitor progress, plan to support children’s individual learning needs and share children’s achievements with their families.

1.3.2.2 Each child’s online record is unique to them and includes observations by staff of the children’s activities, interests photographs of them at work / play and examples of activities / exercises that the child has experienced. This allows staff to build a comprehensive picture of every child and supports their future development and learning.

1.3.2.3 Parents always have the opportunity to meet our staff after the learning session to discuss progress or next step targets. These records are a very important tool, which helps us to provide appropriate, stimulating, relevant activities and experiences for the children during their boot camp.

1.3.1 Learning Programme

1.3.1.1 We gather information primarily through observing and supporting children and match this against our learning programme. This is a good indicator of how children are developing their skills.

1.3.2 Online Safety

1.3.2.1 At Scottish Coding academy we support and encourage children to use new technologies, however we understand that safeguarding children online is of paramount importance. we are aware of the potential dangers and ensure that children and young people are supervised, protected and educated on appropriate and responsible usage.

1.3.3 Wellbeing

1.3.3.1 At Scottish Coding Academy we endorse Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach (the set of principles that guide how professionals make sure the wellbeing of children).

1.3.3.2 Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) supports families by making sure children and young people can receive the right help, at the right time, from the right people. The aim is to help them to grow up feeling loved, safe and respected so that they can realise their full potential.

1.3.3.3 Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) is based on children’s rights and its principles reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

1.3.3.4 It is for all children and young people because it is impossible to predict if or when they might need support. GIRFEC also respects parents' rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

1.3.3.5 The GIRFEC approach:
- is child-focused - it ensures the child or young person – and their family – is at the centre of decision-making and the support available to them.
- is based on an understanding of the wellbeing of a child in their current situation - it takes into consideration the wider influences on a child or young person and their developmental needs when thinking about their wellbeing, so that the right support can be offered
 - is based on tackling needs early - it aims to ensure needs are identified as early as possible to avoid bigger concerns or problems developing
- requires joined-up working - it is about children, young people, parents, and the services they need working together in a coordinated way to meet the specific needs and improve their wellbeing

1.3.3.6 The GIRFEC approach has been tested and developed across Scotland since 2006. It is based on research evidence and the experiences of practitioners, families and children.

1.3.3.7 During recruitment process you will be asked to share lots of information about your child in the registration form. It's important that you have the chance to share insights about your child too. Here's some things you might want to share:

- What do you think are your child’s strengths?
- What are the things your child enjoys and is successful at when they are out of school?
- What are the areas of school that your child seems to struggle with?
- Are there any strategies that work at home, such as for homework, routine or behaviour?
- What goals are important to your child?
- Which areas do you feel are a priority?

1.3.3.8 GIRFEC is central to all government policies which support children, young people and their families and is delivered through services and people who work with families.