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Welcome to SAM
Welcome to SAM


To support the inclusion of ASN pupils in mainstream settings by the application of assistive technologies.

Where a pupil is experiencing sustained difficulties in understanding or in accessing learning and it is considered that there is a role for assistive technology in amelioration of these, then referrals can be made to the SAM Group. Referrals are set at Stage 2 Interventions (GIRFEC).

Each SAM teacher has an assigned caseload of schools within a locality. There are three localities: North / Central / South.

Each area has a Sam Specialist Teacher who responds to Stage 2 RfA (GIRF-Me) requests from schools. This can involve working with an identified pupil, school staff and parents in the use of ASN software / specialist equipment.

This may also involve him/her working in conjunction with other service providers or partners who support the child (if appropriate to the task).

A GIRF-Me plan which contains a request for an ICT (ASN) element might require in-school training for staff  to enable them to use the assistive technologies. The SAM teacher's role here is to (1) demonstrate how this resource can be incorporated into ‘routine’ teaching and learning practice and to (2) ensure the pupil is able to use it effectively.

The SAM Group also delivers CSP opportunities with an ASN focus. These are usually morning or afternoon Modules and takes place within the Computer Centre at Caldervale High School.

There are also many instances of ad hoc in-school request sessions which are usually delivered to staff groups in collegiate time or on Inservice Days.

The authority have planned for the uptake of assistive technologies in response to guidance on how education authorities and schools can meet statutory obligations to improve access to education as required under the Equality Act and the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002 and in line with the Scottish Government’s published Statutory Guidance (October 2014)  on planning improvements for disabled pupils’ access to education.

The SAM Group works in close collaboration with

NHS     Speech and Language Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Paediatric Occupational Therapy

NLC     Sensory Support Staff / Early Years Staff (Transitions)/ EAL Support Staff / Psychological Services / Inclusion Managers

External Agencies       Software Manufacturers / Providers, CALL Scotland University of Edinburgh NHS Lanarkshire AAC, ICTSLS, Education Scotland.

Owen Dunn 2016

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