Pupils from Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, today (Tuesday 28th April) welcomed Scottish Government Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing, to the school to demonstrate a new skills and employability initiative they have been working on.
The initiative aims to provide the boys with practical experience through means of a cross curricular construction project and the setting up and running of a contract services company. Both projects have been designed to give them an insight into the world of work and enhance their skills in preparation for employment.
The invitation was issued by fifth year pupil Kieran Cruden who undertook a work placement with the Scottish Government at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow last December. As a result of this he met with Ms Ewing to talk about his experiences and then contacted to invite her to the school.
Stuart Jacob, Director of Falkland House School said, “We were delighted to welcome Annabelle Ewing to the school and talk her through some of the work we are doing to boost the boy’s employability, and prepare them for the workplace.
“One of the key philosophies of the school is not to change the world to accommodate young people’s difficulties, but to offer real and full experiences which give the boys the skills and resilience needed to meet life’s challenges.
“We are proud of the innovative work we are doing on skills and employability for young people with additional support needs and pleased that they are getting the opportunity to showcase this to Ms Ewing.”
Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment Annabelle Ewing said:“I had the pleasure of meeting two of the young men from Falkland House as part of their short work experience placements with the Scottish Government last year.
“From my visit today it is clear that this was just one great example of the work that Falkland House school is doing in terms of readying boys with particular needs for the jobs market.
“I hope to see more and more pupils on the same path as Kieran and use the training and personal development courses to help them fulfil their potential.”
Falkland House School was the first independent school in Scotland to gain Autism accreditation. They now have 75% of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and also support Young People with SEBN, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.
The school has also been awarded nine Excellents and one Very Good by the Care Inspectorate. Falkland House School was the first school of its type to hold Excellent grades in every statement it had been inspected in by the Care Inspectorate. This makes it the highest educational establishment of its type in Scotland
As well as recognition from the Care Inspectorate the school was also shortlisted in the sixth annual Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards last year in the Special Needs school category, the only Scottish school to be shortlisted in this category.