East Ayrshire Support Team (EAST) is a central support team who works collaboratively with Learning Communities and schools to provide effective support for children and young people (aged 3-18 years) with additional support needs to help them achieve their individual targets and reach their full potential.
EAST is made up of:
EAST supports the development and implementation of whole school approaches to effective teaching and learning and offers specialist support where this is required. The team contributes to East Ayrshire’s support policies and procedures, develops new materials and approaches as well as supporting the implementation of relevant support strategies and initiatives including:
Download the East Ayrshire Support Team Handbook for further information
Core Support Team
The Core Support Team is part of East Ayrshire Support Team (EAST). The team consists of teachers and classroom assistants, and is led by the EAST Manager who is supported by Principal Teachers.
The team works collaboratively with Learning Communities to support children and young people with additional support needs to help them achieve their individual targets and reach their full potential. It supports the development and implementation of whole school approaches to effective teaching and learning and offers specialist support where required.
The Core Support Team contributes to East Ayrshire’s support policies and procedures and develops new materials and approaches. It also supports the continuous professional development of colleagues, raising awareness of a range of additional support needs and their impact on children and young people. EAST staff also provide advisory support on an ongoing basis.
The Core Support Team supports effective provision through:
- collaborative working with learning communities, other agencies, children/young people and their families
- consultation and liaison
- curriculum development
- staff development (for example CPD calendar, bespoke training)
- supporting early identification and assessment of pupils
- targeted teaching (co-op/extraction)
- targeted specialist support through flexibility element
How is support from the Core Support Team accessed?
EAST provides an annual core allocation to each school in the authority to help support their provision for children and young people with additional support needs. EAST staff have access to a range of resources and specialised equipment which they use to provide targeted support to identified pupils.
EAST supports East Ayrshire’s assessment procedures reflecting the good practice outlined in Building the Curriculum 5. Our processes are robust, reliable and valid and intervention leads to improved outcomes for pupils. The assessments:
- meet learners needs and enable them to achieve aspirational goals and maximise their potential
- are proportionate and fit for purpose
- follow and reinforce the curriculum, promoting high quality learning and teaching approaches
- engage learners and provide high quality feedback
EAST staff support East Ayrshire establishments in following the authority’s Dyslexia Guidelines.
Occasionally the needs of a child or young person cannot be met within the school environment and a move to an EAST campus is agreed. This placement is for a time limited assessment period.
Primary children attend the EAST Nurture Class in Altonhill Campus. Young people in S1– S4 attend either the EAST campus in Altonhill or Cumnock. Nurturing principles underpin the ethos in both EAST campuses.
While pupils are attending a campus, they remain on their school roll and all curricular resources are supplied by their school. Liaison between EAST staff working with the child or young person and the school takes places on a regular basis.
Download the East Ayrshire Support Team's current Improvement Plan.
Download the Core Support Team's Policy Statement.