Our values and vision are at the heart of everything we do at CSSS. We work hard to ensure that our teaching and learning enables our pupils to develop four key values. Our curriculum aims to allow pupils to be:
We have the right to an education which encourages resilience and empathy; develops skills for life and respects our individuality and culture in a safe environment.
CSSS offers a mixture of full time and part time places at both primary and secondary level as well as outreach support in all mainstream primaries and secondary schools within the authority.
A new addition to our service is FLIP+, our virtual school, which is designed to meet the needs of learners who cannot or will not leave their homes.
Family work and training opportunities are also available.
At CSSS we aim to re-engage the most disengaged pupils in Clackmannanshire with learning, as well as supporting them to manage their own behaviour more appropriately. The learning environment is crucial to this, as are interactions with staff. Staff remain positive and respectful at all times. Learning opportunities are motivating, engaging, active and relevant and we use our environment creatively to support this.
Pivotal MAPA training ensures our staff all work consistently and within the principles of care, welfare, safety and security for all.
Our ethos is crucial in making young people feel safe and secure as well as providing a nurturing environment.
Our curriculum is underpinned by nurture and trauma responsive practices, predominantly The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) to support children and young people to access a broad general education and wider life experiences; to gain skills for learning, life and work and ultimately move into positive and sustained destinations. Flexibility and responsiveness remain key features of our curriculum design.
All staff ensure that a positive, warm and welcoming environment is provided for all pupils and their parents/carers.
All learners are valued and included in all aspects of school life. Learning tasks and activities are varied, enjoyable, take account of individual learners and learning styles and take place in a variety of environments including outdoors.
Our curriculum also allows pupils and their families opportunities to explore local, national and global events in an attempt to widen their horizons and develop an awareness and tolerance of the diverse world in which we all live. We have many special events throughout the school year.
Clackmannanshire Schools’ Support Service (CSSS) offers a wide variety of support for children and young people with Additional Support Needs who face a barrier(s) to learning arising from social, emotional or behavioural needs.
We adopt a trauma responsive approach to support children and young people to access a broad general education and wider life experiences; to gain skills for learning, life and work and ultimately move into positive and sustained destinations.
Policy Statements; “Ensuring a Pupil Voice” and “Effective Communication” clarify the variety of methods used to incorporate views from all stakeholders.
Staff consistently strive to obtain evaluative feedback from pupils, parents, carers and stakeholders. This informs our strategic and operational improvement agenda. All information collated is intensely interrogated and acted upon accordingly.
Staff are committed, enthusiastic and child centred and continually look for opportunities to extend the learning experiences for children and young people and celebrate their successes.
We use both Facebook (@clacks.sss) and Twitter (@clackscsss) to communicate with parents and stakeholders.