Support for Learning

Across Edinburgh, Support for Learning works to remove barriers from learning, focusing on provision for children. Everyone may benefit from support and needs support for something at some time in their lives. At Craiglockhart Primary School we have a team of dedicated Pupil Support Assistants and Support for Learning teacher. We work with class teachers to support children in their class, run intervention groups, one to one sessions and work with outside agencies and professionals to support the children’s specific needs.

On this page you can find information about the
– programmes and activities we run
– resources and websites for everyone
– explanations about different learning needs

Intervention Groups

Read Write Inc. is a phonics reading programme run as a reading and language  intervention for P3-P5. Find out more here.

LEGO® Play Club promotes social communication in small groups. LEGO® based therapy is a social development programme. The programme is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of LEGO play. Much more than simply playing with LEGO bricks, LEGO based therapy includes the presence of trained staff  who guide the children and encourage them to address and resolve their problems. Through LEGO based play, children  can learn to communicate with others, express their feelings, manage their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills and develop a clearer relationship with the world around them.

Socially Speaking builds on social relationships and communication. Socially Speaking will help introduce and practise skills needed to develop and maintain relationships and to lead independent lives. It is a unique social skills programme that is divided into three units: let’s communicate, let’s be friends, and let’s practise. As children progress through the carefully structured programme, their self-esteem will increase and their listening skills and expressive language abilities will improve, and in turn everyone will benefit from enhanced social interaction.

‘Emotion Talks’ is a resource that supports the development of children and young people’s emotional intelligence. Using ET helps children and young people to recognise and understand triggers for their emotions, as well as the ability to talk about them and deal with them appropriately.

The Yard– Some of our children benefit from weekly trips to the Yard for active and supported learning. Find out more about the work of The Yard here.

Learning Needs

The journey to an identification of dyslexia can be useful for some people. Teachers in school can identify dyslexia through an ongoing and collaborative process with parents/carers. Here are some leaflets and websites which explain more about dyslexia and how to support children with literacy difficulties.

Dyslexia How I can help at home Primary leaflet

Dyslexia Info for learners Primary leaflet

Dyslexia Info for parents and carers Primary leaflet

What Is Dyslexia

Websites to offer information/support

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences that can have a huge impact on children and young people throughout their lives.

Additional Support for Learning Services– Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Therapy Inclusion Partnership, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Support for Learning can, with the agreement of families and class teachers, make referrals for Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Child and Adolescent Mental Health.  Referrals can be made following a Child Planning Meeting if appropriate.


For more information about any of the above, please feel free to contact Ms Kinnear our Support for Learning teacher through the school office.