Curriculum for Excellence
Lathallan School’s curriculum reflects the best parts of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, while our independence allows us to construct the curriculum to the best benefit of our pupils.
The Scottish Curriculum for Excellence provides a curricular guideline for schools in Scotland. Four ‘capacities’ were identified as a means to shape the curriculum, which would enable Scotland’s children to develop into well-rounded individuals, sure of their own skills and their place in society. If you would like further information on these guidelines and capacities, please visit their website on www.ltscotland.org.uk.
At Lathallan School we have been helping the young people who pass through our gates develop these same skills, long before the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. Our ethos and aims for our children link well with the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence, however our independence means we can ‘cherry-pick’ the best elements of this framework.
This means that children who attend Lathallan School can be assured of the best of a dynamic, well-developed and intrinsically challenging curriculum, with a flexibility that allows teachers the scope to change the curriculum to ensure children can progress academically and develop their skills, ready to take the next step in their educational life.
Within a disciplined framework there is understanding and encouragement. There is the recognition that participation and a degree of success, be it in the classroom, on the sports field or in any other area of a child’s education, leads to greater self-confidence, self-discipline and individual fulfilment.
Our ethos and aims for our children link well with the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence…
One aspect of education and learning at Lathallan is that we offer an exciting and varied platform for learning that takes into consideration each child’s strengths and areas for development. This continues from the junior school right through to the final years in S5 and S6.
The school operates a Learning Support (LS) Department to help children with minor learning difficulties. Pupils use this department for varying reasons; ‘catching up’ in specific areas following a relocation or school transfer, assistance with a specific learning need or support with levels of work and homework.
For Junior School pupils, the number of lessons required by a pupil can vary and a room is set aside for one to one tuition which is the norm. Other teachers communicate regularly with the LS Department and will seek support for pupils if required. An Educational Psychologist is in regular contact with the school and is engaged to work with pupils after consultation with the parent.
Those with learning difficulties*(i) in S1-S3 are usually provided learning support and/or strategies in the classroom so that they can tackle their work effectively in situ. As pupils progress into S3 and beyond class sizes can be very small and appropriate support is generally solely provided through the classroom teacher. In cases where pupils need more intensive support, or help with study, our flexible staff team are always willing to identify and implement effective strategies to enable success.*(ii)
Once pupils reach the stage where national examinations are sat (S4-S6), students will be provided with the support necessary to produce their best – in class and for final SQA assessments. We at Lathallan recognise that for pupils to be motivated to learn, they need interactive and challenging lessons.
Learning support needs are communicated regularly among staff so that they have the awareness and information to aid each learner in their progress.
*(i) Education Act 1996 “A Child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls for special education provision to be made him or her.” A “learning difficulty” is defined as being where a child has a “significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children his age” or when they have a “disability which either prevents or hinders him from making use of the educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of his age”.
*(ii) Extra learning support periods are billed either as a shared or individual lesson depending on the circumstances.
We offer an exciting and varied platform for learning that takes into consideration each child’s strengths and areas for development.