29 May 2014
Partnership working between teachers, support
teams and pupils is at the heart of a Scottish secondary school's
successful approach to information sharing.
Castle Douglas High, in Kirkcudbrightshire believes its rigorous
approach ensures none of its young students "slip through the net"
as they leave school.
"Co-operation and responsibility underpin the way we tackle data
collection and sharing with Skills Development Scotland," says
Principal Teacher Patricia Morton, who is in charge of the
initiative. "Each house has a Principal Teacher in Pupil Support
who works closely with a depute to ensure they engage with every
young person before any problems occur. They make sure students are
aware of all opportunities for support as soon as possible, which
enables us to track their progress early on."
At the same time, Castle Douglas High provides administration
support to ensure all data is recorded accurately, and Patricia has
responsibility for collecting, recording and monitoring data to
share with Skills Development Scotland.
She adds: "This has been very helpful for other staff and
partners because it means they know who the first point of contact
is should they have any data sharing queries."
"The main benefit of data sharing is that no pupil will slip
through net - in other words, they won't leave the school system
without us being aware of where they will potentially go next.
Ultimately, we hope all pupils will have a positive destination -
work, further education or training, for example.
We use information sharing to ensure pupils without those
opportunities will have the appropriate support and guidance from
our partner agencies to move into a positive destination and