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Boosting Brains Boosting Learning

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November 2017

Park Primary School recently welcomed Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt MSP to  launch new support information to help children’s learning.

Developed with funding from the Scottish Attainment Challenge work, the new guidance, ‘Readiness for Learning (R4L) - Boosting Brains Boosting Learning’ gives classroom staff assistance to help children manage their feelings and behaviour so that they are in the best possible place to learn.

Clackmannanshire’s Educational Psychology Service has been working with the University of St Andrews to further understand how our children’s brains develop and using this knowledge to ensure that our classrooms and teaching reflect the best possible international practice and latest research.  

The Minister was able to see how some of the classrooms have been re-designed following the new guidelines.  She met with some of the children and families as well as the teachers involved. 

Education Spokesperson Cllr Graham Lindsay said: “I am very pleased that the Minister was able to come to Park Primary to see for herself how this important work can support our young people and help them be ready to learn.  This innovative guidance is just one of the initiatives our Education service is delivering as part of the Attainment Challenge to help improve educations outcomes for all young people in Clackmannanshire.”

The work already done by Education has recently been recognised internationally as an area of innovation and good practice. It is planned to roll the R4L approach out to all primary schools in Clackmannanshire.