Complex Learning Department

Complex Learning Department(CLD)- 4 classes at present 2019/20

Pupils attend CLD  base class for the majority of their school week focussing on English language and Communication, Numeracy, cross curricular IDL, real-life learning, Community Access, Hydrotherapy, French, RME, Guidance, Social Subjects, Health and wellbeing.  For the other periods of the school week, pupils attend Home-Economics, Education for Work, Art, Music, Physical Education, PSE, Drama and Science as discreet subject areas. Many pupils have individualised timetables with specialisation to meet their needs with activities such as shopping, laundry and water therapy. Class numbers are small but classrooms are large with breakaway rooms for use when needed to support individual needs. Staff ratios are high and individualised according to needs. All staff are aware of medical needs and plans for every child. Pupils have a quiet area for eating if they need it and are highly supervised at all times. Targets in CLD are set from Curriculum for Excellence but are broken down into smaller, relevant milestones, in accordance with South Lanarkshire’s guidance ‘A Framework for Severe and Profound Learners’ and based on the pupil’s ASP. Targets are based on Communication, Cognition, Self Help and Independence and Physical skills. All staff monitor these targets set by base class teacher. Effort and Participation are also tracked to allow targeted interventions. Classes are set according to stage and CLD pupils follow Route 3 of our curriculum design, experiencing all curricular areas and being accredited from National 1 upwards in the Senior Phase.

Aim of Course

To develop ability and confidence in decision making, communication, lifeskills, learning and work skills, interpersonal skills, personal care, sequencing and accessing the community. To gain their entitlement to experiences in every curricular area at their age and stage. To gain certification at their level in all curricular areas in their Senior Phase. To meet their milestone targets in every curricular area.

Course Content

Themes in base class include; All about Me, Choices, Out and About and Our World.

We use seasons, celebration times and routines to develop the skills outlined above.

Specific targets are shared through home school diaries, Big Mac devices,  parents’ evenings or review meetings.

To follow relevant course in all curricular areas to which they are entitled.

Assessment Arrangements

Individual target milestones based on Es and Os are set and assessed through the whole school Assessment, Tracking and Monitoring systems: Ongoing Formative Assessment, Tracking Participation and Engagement in Targets to identify Interventions needed, Photographic and Video evidence used to document experiential learning. Senior Phase pupils in CLD gain SQA certification at their level in many curricular areas, focusing on vocational courses. ASP targets are monitored by staff throughout the year and are evaluated by base class teachers, monthly. Homework is given as appropriate and is individualised.


As per school calendar.
Also – Daily reports through Big Mac/Home School Diary
Annual Review Meetings with Parents.