Support for Learning Department
St. Margaret’s  High School

Pupil Support Team

St Margaret’s High Pupil Support team aim to ensure that each young person is happy, safe and achieving their potential throughout their time in St Margaret’s. The team play a vital role in ensuring pupils become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The Pupil Support team also have a pivotal role in the provision of support and additional help to ensure that all pupil needs are met both in the classroom and in their Health and Wellbeing.
Staff List
                Mr M McAlavey - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Mr J McLaughlin - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Mrs L Stewart - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Mr S McConnell - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Mrs I Gibson - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Mr P Mina - Principal Teacher of Pupil Support 
                Support for Learning

               Mr P Higgins - Principal Teacher (Acting) of Support for Learning and Inclusion
               Mrs J Higgins - Additional Support Needs Assistant
               Mrs M Aitken - Additional Support Needs Assistant
               Mrs C McNee - Additional Support Needs Assistant
               Mrs M Ralston- Additional Support Needs Assistant


Each year group from S1 to S6 has a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support and should be known by every pupil in their year group. Pupils see their Pupil Support teacher regularly through tutor time visits and tracking and monitoring meetings within the school. Formal one-to-one interviews, year group assemblies and PSHE lessons are also vital in providing a day-to-day contact for each pupil. Our Pupil Support team are the main link between school and home and should be the first point of contact should a matter need attention/discussion. They work very closely with subject departments to monitor the progress of each pupil and to support the pupil, teacher and parent should a matter arise. Our Support for Learning team work collaboratively with Pupil Support to ensure that all pupils needs are met throughout their time in St Margaret’s High. This may involve Additional Support Needs Assistants providing help and support within classes or Support for Learning teachers who work co-operatively with classroom teachers to help facilitate learning. Staged Intervention strategies are used within St Margaret’s as a means of identifying, assessing, planning, recording and reviewing pupil progress to meet their learning needs and ensure that every pupil is achieving their full potential whilst feeling included and confident in their independent learning.
Useful Websites and Links
Below are some of the key National and local policies and legislation which our Pupil Support team strives to ensure:
GIRFEC – Getting it Right for Every Child
GIRFEC in Lanarkshire
Additional Support for Learning Act (Scotland) 2004
Staged Intervention and provision of support within classes
Inclusion – What is inclusion and achieving it in Scottish schools
Skills Development Scotland

Useful Links/Publications
St Margaret's High School, Waverley Drive, Airdrie, ML6 6EU    t.  01236 794888  f. 01236 747429    e.   d.  directions to school
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