Oaklands Home Learning

Hello all our lovely Team Oaklands families and friends!

You will now find our brand, spanking, new page ‘Oaklands Home Learning’ on our website. This will give you lots of ideas of fun activities you can take part in while we’re out of school.

There’s even the Circle Time powerpoint with songs, so there’s no excuse to stop the signing and singing!

Best wishes to you all and please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need to.


ASL Review – Make Your Voice Heard!


A review of the implementation of additional support for learning (ASL) in schools was announced in January 2019.

The review is founded on a continued commitment to a presumption to mainstreaming and on the need to ensure that children and young people’s additional support needs are met. This will enable them to reach their full potential, with learning provision that best suits their needs.

The review will be led by Angela Morgan.

She will consider current evidence and engage with a range of people and groups to identify good practice and areas for further improvement in the ways that children and young people with additional support needs progress in their learning.


The review will consider:

  • how ASL works in practiceacross early learning and childcare centres, primary, secondary and special schools (including enhanced provision, services and units)
  • where children and young people learn within the balance of the provision set out above, recognising that not all authority areas have all of those provisions
  • the quality of learning and support, including overall achievement and positive destinations achieved post-school
  • the different approaches to planning and assessment to meet the needs of children and young people
  • the roles and responsibilities of support staff, teaching staff, leadership role, education authorities and national agencies
  • the areas of practice which could be further enhanced through better use of current resources to support practice, staffing or other aspects of provision

Review timescales

Angela will gather views and experiences from October to December 2019.  It is anticipated that a report with recommendations for next steps will be available in spring 2020.

Angela Morgan’s background

Angela brings vast knowledge and experience to this role.  She was born in London and has spent over half her life in Scotland.  After social work training at the University of London she decided to pursue her profession in the third sector; initially in mental health (in Scotland with SAMH) and later working with children and young people.

She was the Chief Executive of Includem until 2018, and has remained involved in a range of, mostly voluntary activity focused on improving lives. She is a member of the workforce journey group for the Independent Care Review.

Feedback to the review

You can contact Angela to tell her about your own experiences of ASL.

She is particularly keen to hear of examples – small or large – of where things do work well.

  • If you’ve had a difficult time, what by contrast has made the difference?
  • What would you like to see more or less of ?
  • Where should we best focus efforts for positive change?

All contributions to the review will be treated and respected as anonymous – whether positive or otherwise.

Email: ChairASLindependentreview@outlook.com



Life After Oaklands?

On behalf of Marisa  (Parent Council Chair), I’d like to remind you that there is a Parent Council meeting this Thursday at 6.30pm.

We will have guest speakers from the Social Work Transition Team  (now known as YADT – Young Adults with Disabilities Team).

There have been some major changes for post school provision and it is important for as many parents as possible to attend so you are aware of how these changes will affect you and your family when your child leaves Oaklands.

I hope to see many of you on Thursday night.


Purple and Green!

Team Oaklands are going all purple and green tomorrow in support of Macmillan Cancer Support!

We hope to see all pupils, staff and friends decked out in purple and green and donating £1 for the privilege! 🙂

Come and join us tomorrow morning for assembly at 9.30 and then coffee, tea and home baking from 10.00. ALL WELCOME!

Pine Class have been leading the way with decorations and flyering in our local area.

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Again, Again!

We are coming to the end of our year of the big Core Words push here at Oaklands School… and we’re ending the term by focusing on AGAIN!

Postcards, symbols and signs for AGAIN are being delivered to the classrooms and going into the pupils’ home-school diaries. Watch the video below to see how sign AGAIN with your child…

We are also taking some time to reflect on how the year of Core Words has gone… would you like to go over them AGAIN next year? Look out for your feedback questionnaire to tell us what you think! Or drop us a line on Twitter or by commenting on this post.

And AGAIN – a *huge* Oaklands thank you to all the volunteers who have helped with the project… from the behind-the-scenes laminating teams to the stars of our videos… over the year.

Have a lovely summer and get in touch if you need any support!
– from Speech and Language Therapy

Something in Your Eye?

Our school choir’s starring perfomance @queens_hall .

A night to treasure and this beautiful video brings back so many wonderful memories.

As ever, @md0wling speaks beautifully on behalf of our school. #proud #Edinburgh @LoveMusicScot #sametimenextyear?


When Lachlan met Obama!*

*The pony version!

This week has been Outdoor Learning week at Oaklands.

It’s been a fabulous week full of fires, storytelling under a gazebo, songs, a sound garden in the woods and beech wheelchairs. Some of our pupils were even lucky enough to get a ride along Cramond beach with Obama the pony this morning!

Thanks to our Principal Teacher, Ele, for her fantastic organisation and imagination that has made this week such a wonderful experience for our amazing children and young people!


As ever, lots more photos of the week’s events on our Twitter feed @Team_Oaklands

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SignAlong at Mealtimes

If you are thinking of using SignAlong at mealtimes then this video may provide some ideas and information to help you.

The Speech and Language Therapy Team

HELP us with our Core Words!

Our new Core Word of the month is “help”!

It is a really important skill to learn to confidently ask for “help” when needed… but first the children will need to spend lots of time getting familiar with the sign and symbol for “help”.

Parents/carers… please look out for the “help” postcards tomorrow, and take a look at our video of how to sign “help” with your child at home…

… just ask if you need any “more” “help”! Thanks! From Speech and Language Therapy

Every child deserves a WILDHOOD!

From our friends at PAMIS:

At WILDHOOD we believe in the power of inclusive play, giving children with different needs the opportunity to play together without barriers.

This year we are delighted to announce that, thanks to funding from Better Breaks, PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) are taking Camp PAMIS on tour and joining the fun at WILDHOOD, making the festival fully inclusive.

We are adding multi-sensory storytelling to our fabulous programme of events, with Leo and the Lightning Dragons and a specially developed WILDHOOD themed multi-sensory story.  We will have music sessions, art sessions and adapted games. We are excited about the return of Pony AxeS, with Simon and Obama bringing wheelchair accessible pony rides to the grounds of the castle. The Pamiloo will be with us as well, providing fully accessible toileting facilities.

PAMIS have a limited number of day tickets for families of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities so book soon. If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch with us here and we’ll get back to you with more information.

Special School, City of Edinburgh Council.