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Education Scotland reports positive progress of Pupil Support Service in Aberdeen

04/12/12

An excellent report has been produced by Education Scotland following their visit to Aberdeen City Council's Pupil Support Service during the week of October 2012.

Since the last inspection in 2010 the Pupil Support Service has made strong progress in working with schools to improve outcomes for children and young people with social, emotional and complex needs in Aberdeen.

Inspectors found:

  • staff know the needs of young people well and review and plan progress with children and young people and their parents;
  • the service has improved levels of attendance and reduced levels of exclusions;
  • staff are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to improving the service further;
  • parents welcome the positive impact the support of the service has on their families;
  • staff make good use of information and communications technology networks to pas on information and update colleagues on good practice across the city;
  • staff are clearer and more specific about the strengths and areas for development for the service and ensure consistency and good practice;
  • the views of parents, children and young people and partner schools and use the results to improve the service;
  • the service continues to improve the way which children and young people transfer between schools and the service.

The inspection team found children and young people:

  • trust and respect the adults they work with and benefit from helpful support;
  • are gaining confidence through these positive relationships;
  • are developing important social skills by working in groups with other young people;
  • benefiting for a greater range of stimulating and motivating activities to help them become more confident;
  • are gaining awards in national qualifications.

The report also notes that:

  • the education authority is making good progress with a single plan for the complex needs of the children and young people;
  • the education authority's quality improvement service is leading on the city's inclusion review of which the Pupil Support Service is a key factor.

HMIE inspectors are confident that the service will continue to improve so it will make no further visits to the school in connection with this inspection.

Aberdeen City Council's Acting Director of Education, Culture and Sport Patricia Cassidy said: "I am delighted that the Pupil Support Service has made strong progress in working with schools to improve outcomes for children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs in Aberdeen.

"I am confident that by continuing to work together we can go on to make more improvements to further enhance the educational experience for children and young people and their families in Aberdeen."