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Partnership working at heart of information sharing

29 May 2014

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  • Information sharing

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 sustain it."