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Very Positive Inspection for Schools Support Service

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March 2020

An inspection of Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service has received a very good report from HMIE inspectors who highly praised the school’s exemplary approaches to meeting the wellbeing needs of children and their families.

The inspection team from Education Scotland visited the service, which supports Primary and Secondary aged pupils with a range of additional support needs, and talked to children and young people, parents and carers as well as partners. They observed lessons and engaged throughout the inspection with the Headteacher and all staff.

The team inspected four quality indicators during the visit and graded three as ‘very good’ and one as ‘good’. 

Strengths praised by the inspectors included:

  • The highly effective leadership of the headteacher, depute headteacher and extended leadership team. They have successfully embedded the school’s vision, values and aims into every aspect of the school’s work.
  • Positive relationships are a very strong feature across the school. Staff are highly supportive of children and their families at all times. As a result, children and young people feel safe, well respected and cared for.
  • The school’s exemplary approaches to meeting the wellbeing needs of children and their families. As a result, children and young people are making significant progress in their health and wellbeing. Parents feel highly valued and play a prominent role in the school and local community.
  • The school’s high quality partnership working. Partners are supporting children and young people to develop very well their skills for learning, life and work.

One area for development was identified and discussed with the headteacher and Education staff:

  • Continue to raise children’s and young people’s attainment.

Chief Education Officer Lorraine Sanda said: “This inspection report is one that the staff, pupils and whole school community should be very proud of.  Effective leadership has established a clear direction for improvement and the report highlights the positive relationships, and the excellent opportunities that are being offered to every young person to develop skills for learning and life.”