Published 17 June 2022

West Dunbartonshire pupils have taken part in a range of extended and additional learning opportunities in schools to support attainment and achievement.

Members of the Council’s Educational Services committee were told this week that primary and secondary schools offered a range of out of hours learning opportunities. These included additional hours of learning before and after school providing additional time for intensive learning for individuals, small groups and classes.

 An innovative project took place in Clydebank with pupils from two primary schools working together during their Easter holidays at a literacy camp.

Senior pupils at Our Lady and St Partick’s High School attended a masterclass in preparation of their SQA exams and in Clydebank High School pupils received extra support at a dedicated Study Café after school two days a week with teachers from all departments present to support pupils with their learning.

Pupils at Vale of Leven Academy, Dumbarton Academy and St Perter the Apostle High School took part in an Easter Revision Programme, which offered bespoke support for senior pupils around assignments and exams.   

Councillor Clare Steel, Convener of Educational Services, said: “This additional support has already been a great benefit to our young people, and I’m pleased to see it continuing into the next academic year.

“We know that pupils worked hard during the height of the pandemic when schools were closed, but the circumstances brought about by Covid-19 – including increased absence when schools could reopen – mean some may have experienced loss of learning.

“I’m sure our primary and secondary pupils will get a lot out of these intensive sessions.”

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Vice Convener of Educational Services, added: “This is really positive news for our children and young people, and I know this will make a real difference to their learning, especially for any pupils who may be struggling.

“It’s essential that as well as supporting young people with academic work and attainment, that mental health is prioritised. The impact of the pandemic on our young people will be seen for years to come so I am particularly happy that enhanced wellbeing supports will continue to be on offer.”