Each pupil at Harlaw Academy has a Guidance Teacher. The Principal Teacher Guidance is the establishment contact for their allocated pupils and acts as a point of contact between home, school and other agencies which might be involved with their pupils. The Guidance Teachers monitors their youngster’s progress and has a responsibility to ensure that support is sought to help youngsters experience challenges.
Guidance Teachers liaise with the Form Teachers who provide a daily contact with the youngsters and are often alert to any changes in a young person.
Guidance Teachers have a weekly contact with their pupils because they are responsible for the development and delivery of PSE (Personal Social Education).
Guidance teachers record all communications received about their pupils in the young persons’ pastoral notes as appropriate.
Guidance Teachers hold House assemblies to acknowledge pupils’ achievements and promote positive behaviour. House points are awarded for achievements and a House Cup is awarded at the end of each year.
‘ACIS Youth’ Counsellor
There is a counsellor at Harlaw Academy who will work with any pupil in S1-S6 who would like to have some time to talk about any problems and difficulties they feel they are having.
Pupils can access the service by asking their Guidance Teacher to set up an appointment or they can text Angela (School Counsellor), on 07506 049185, or by putting a note through the black mailbox which is located outside the counselling room – “The Studio”, A block (above the English Department).
Angela will meet the young person for an ‘initial appointment’, to explain how the service works and what counselling is about. If the pupil feels that counselling may be beneficial, counselling appointments can begin. The number of appointments a pupil may have is driven mainly by them, with discussion with Angela. An appointment will last a period. The only person who will know a pupil is attending a counselling appointment is their Guidance Teacher (for health and safety purposes), they will not however know what is discussed in appointments.
The service is confidential, however, if the young person is at risk or may not be safe, Angela may have to share this with the appropriate person in school, usually their Guidance Teacher. No information would be shared without the young person’s prior knowledge.
The school nurse service offers confidential support with regard to the health and wellbeing of school aged children and young people between the ages of 5-19 years. The school nurse works in partnership with you and your child to help identify and support their physical, emotional and mental health needs. Throughout your child or young person’s time in secondary school support can be offered on a one-to-one basis or, if appropriate, working with the family as a whole unit. Part of the role of the school nurse is to liaise with other professionals and agencies that can offer support to your child or young person.
Referrals can be made directly to the school nurse by any young person, parent/guardian, General Practitioner or any member of the Education Team.