Last Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022



What is this?

PSS logoWelcome to the Enhanced level of the Pupil Support Staff Professional Learning Framework which has been developed to help staff working through a rights and relationship based inclusive approach with children and young people who require targeted, intensive and enhanced specialised support.

Who is this for?

Pupil Support Staff, Middle and Senior leaders.

The professional learning activities in this level are appropriate for staff who support children and young people who require targeted support, for example with severe and complex needs or complexity of need. They may also be appropriate for learners receiving skilled level of support.

There are a range of activities and resources, in a variety of formats to select. This is not an exhaustive list and further additional resources for enhanced support will continue to be included as the framework evolves.


Scottish Educational context and knowledge

Scottish Government: Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC): GIRFEC resources


Communication and Collaboration: Developing positive relationships

Effective communication and collaboration

Involve me - ways of involving people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in decision-making and consultation.

Relationship Based Approaches

CALL Scotland: Severe and Complex Support Needs


Child wellbeing and development

Safeguarding and Child protection (Mandatory training will be provided by local authorities)


CYPMH: Professional Learning Resource

Child development


Language and communication development

SLCF - The Communication Trust - Specialist Level online learning. (Login required)

CALL Scotland: Webinar - North Lanarkshire Communication Friendly Resources

Symbols for All - provides teaching resources in an accessible format for learners with additional support needs.


Additional Support Needs – Complex Needs

Milestones to support learners with complex additional support needs

Principles into Practice - Scottish Transitions Forum

OpenLearn Create: Supporting Dyslexia, Inclusive Practice and Literacy 2.0 Supporting Dyslexia, Inclusive Practice and Literacy

Refer to your local authority for

  • Moving and handling training
  • Personal care training


Personal and professional development

DigiLearn: Professional Learning

DigiLearn: Upcoming Webinars

PAMIS: Promoting a more inclusive society