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It is ‘not selective’ by ethos and prides itself on identifying potential problems (has its own educational psychologist). Drop-in centre caters for the brightest as well as those who need oodles of help, or just a short sharp explanation with some bothersome subject. Big is beautiful in that very few schools can offer quite such a diversity of experience and opportunity in and out...

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Special Education Needs

George Watson's has a long tradition of supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties in the mainstream, and our focus is upon optimum inclusion for each pupil. As well as five full-time learning support staff plus support staff, the whole staff is experienced in recognising and providing for pupils who have particular barriers to learning. Labelling these barriers is less important than understanding the different strands of difficulty that may be affecting a learner - usually several strands rather than the single barrier often implied by a single label; and our support resources are focused upon working with pupils, staff, families and other professionals to understand each pupil’s unique strengths and weaknesses, and to find ways around any barriers. Emphasis is put upon sharing ideas with teaching staff, using every possible means to minimise barriers in the classroom (support staff, S6 helpers, parent helpers, use of ICT, and personalised teaching and learning tips for each pupil with difficulties). Pupils may reduce their curriculum to find time for a study programme in the LS Centre; this may focus upon their wider curriculum, or the specific skills they wish to develop, or a mixture of both. The school is well resourced, and there is real commitment to accessibility and inclusion. LS staff are actively involved in research, development and publication in the field of learning difficulties, collaborating with the University of Edinburgh as well as a range of other professionals and agencies nationwide.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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