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Department of Additional Support
Glenrothes High School (GHS) DAS - Structure
49 pupils with a wide range of needs
9 teachers – 1 PTC; 1 PT2; 7 class teachers
16.5 Pupils support assistants
We support PSA student placements within the department.
The pupils are in 7 classes based on age, peer group and need. Each DAS class has its own class team headed by the class teacher. Each pupil has their own individualised timetable. The timetable identifies – mainstream classes, small group classes and time in the department. In the department we deliver literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and support mainstream class work and homework. Everything is differentiated to meet individual needs. DAS teachers also deliver discrete subjects like drama, science, PE, sexual health and relationships, horticulture, Natural Connections, enterprise, Youth Achievement Awards and Personal Achievements Awards throughout the department.
We enjoy an open door policy and work closely with parents/carers and our many partner agencies
In 2015-16 we introduced individualised PSE targets which we shared with parents. This year we are introducing ‘individualised pupil planning folders’ targeting literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing.
Some of our classes use Pupil Support Services small flat where we are able to offer real life practical life skills experiences.
Our senior class runs a weekly café as an enterprise. The cafe is open to GHS staff, DAS pupils, parents, John Fergus and local primary schools that have P7 pupils transitioning into our DAS. Throughout the year we run various enterprises, the main one being our ‘DAS Christmas Fayre’ which involves all DAS pupils, staff and parents.
The DAS is child centred while supporting the pupils’ independence and confidence as well as promoting their life skills.
In October we start with S1 settling in ISP/CSP reviews then we continue through the department. At the reviews focus on the Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible Included headings but we also review transition plans, healthcare plans, moving and handling assessments, and risk assessments where appropriate.
We operate an open door policy. Parents and carers are encouraged to write, phone, email, or visit if they have any concerns and we work closely with a wide variety of agencies.
- S1 – PSE all about me; CfE early – level 2
- S1 - S3 – core curriculum – numeracy, literacy, health and wellbeing. CfE early – level 2
- S4 - S6 – Nat 1- Nat 3 literacy and numeracy; supporting pupils Nat 4 & 5
- Experiential Science delivered to life skills groups
- National Connections – seniors S4 - S6
- Drama – S1 - S6
- PE – S1 – S6
- PSE including Relationships, sexual health and parenthood education – S1-S6
- SQA Nat 1 & 2 Personal Achievement Awards – life skills groups
- Youth Achievement Awards (dynamic award) – S5 & 6
There is a positive ethos in the department with the pupil in the centre. We celebrate our achievements and enjoy positive relationships with pupils, parents/carers, the extended family and the community.