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Young People Need Help to Reach Full Potential

In the Scotsman Newspaper this week 29th Aug 2013;

THIS week the Scottish Government is undertaking its “Make Young People Your Business” campaign, aimed at raising awareness amongst employers of the economic value of taking on a young person and the various incentives on offer to do this.

At a time when youth unemployment rates are high, this focus on getting young people into work is important. Latest statistics indicate that while total unemployment nationally fell to 7.2 per cent, the rate for those aged between 16 and 24 is 19.1 per cent.

During an economic recession it is the most vulnerable who suffer the worst and we have a collective responsibility as a society to give them the opportunity to realise their full potential. Most adversely affected by youth unemployment are those young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as those with care experience.

The rewards for getting these young people into work are well worth it, ensuring that they make a positive contribution to society.

While the Scottish Government’s guarantee that all 16 to 19-year-olds will be offered education, training or an apprenticeship, the honest truth is that thousands of disadvantaged young people we work with are simply not in a position to take advantage of the opportunities.

As an example, less than a quarter (23 per cent) of all those aged 16 and over with learning difficulties or disabilities are in employment. However, the rewards of getting these young people – many of whom boast excellent skills – into work are well worth it with higher loyalty and retention rates.

A greater holistic approach combining financial resources as well as targeted support is vital in assisting these individuals to take up employment, as well as while they are in employment. In this respect, we welcome the various initiatives the Scottish Government has embarked on to date.

Such support has the potential to ensure businesses can thrive, especially in the sectors where we are currently facing a skills shortage, and as a coalition we urge Scotland’s employers to play their part, look beyond the label and examine the skills and talents of the individual.

• Stuart Jacob is director of Falkland House School, representing the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition

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Autism Seminar

Free Seminar– the latest thinking on dealing with Autism, ADHD and Tourette’s in children and young people

Thursday 3rd October, Falkland House School, Falkland, Fife

9.30am for 10.00am start, finishing at 1pm. Lunch provided.

This seminar is a must for anyone dealing with children and young people with Autism, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome and will be hosted in the fantastic historic setting of Falkland House School in Fife.

It will bring together a number of leading experts specialising in these areas with an audience of interested parents and those from the fields of social work, education and health. Stephen Naysmith, social affairs correspondent for The Herald will chair the event.

The seminar aims to provide an update on the latest thinking on these conditions, understanding the causes and looking at techniques for dealing with these and the often challenging resultant behaviour.

Falkland House School specialises in the education of boys who require additional support. As the first independent school in Scotland to be awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, it provides special integrated education to boys with ASD, as well as those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome.

Speakers include:

Dr Alex RichardsonAlex is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and Founder Director of Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research.

She is best known for her research into how nutrition can affect behaviour, learning and mood and will share her experiences of this at the seminar. Alex is also the author of “They Are What You Feed Them”, a widely-acclaimed book written for parents and professionals that explains how and why children’s diets can affect their behaviour, learning and mood, and offers easy-to-follow practical advice based on the latest scientific evidence.

Bill Colley – Bill is a writer, teacher trainer and educational consultant.  He is currently working in local government as a Service Manager with responsibility for additional support needs, and contributes at a local level to an ADHD support group and the CAMHS Autism Assessment Pathway.  At national level, he is a member of the National Autism Strategy Reference Group (Scotland) and is a founding member of the UK ADHD Partnership (UKAP).

He will share his experiences as a specialist in improving educational outcomes for children who experience barriers to learning associated with developmental disorders and in dealing with the impacts of behaviour resulting from Autism/ADHD, the cause of this behaviour and how to manage it effectively.

To register please visit:

For further details please email: or telephone 0131 603 8996.

Please note places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.


From Edinburgh:-

Over ForthRoadBridge

North on M90, take junction 2A, then merge onto A92 signposted (Kirkcaldy/Glenrothes)

At next four roundabouts go straight ahead

After Glenrothes, continue on A92 until next roundabout (New Inn)

Turn left on A912 – signposted ‘Falkland’

On entering Falkland continue straight on past the zebra crossing

400 yards after that turn left into East Port

Now refer to ‘In Town of Falkland’


From Glasgow via Forth Road Bridge:-

Take M8 heading for Edinburgh

At Junction 2 follow signs for ForthRoadBridge

Refer to ‘From Edinburgh instructions above’

On entering Falkland, continue on past tennis courts and round sharp right hand bend.

300 yards on from bend take first right into East Port

Now refer to ‘In Town of Falkland’


From Glasgow via Kincardine Bridge

Take M80/A80 for Stirling

At Junction 5 follow M876 for KincardineBridge

Immediately after KincardineBridge follow A977 for Crook of Devon/Kinross/St.Andrews

Just before Kinross enter onto M90 at Junction 6 following north for Perth

Exit M90 at Junction 8 signposted A91 ‘Falkland Palace/Gateside/Strathmiglo’

At Strathmiglo turn right onto A912 for Falkland

On entering Falkland, continue on past tennis courts and round sharp right hand bend.

300 yards on from bend take first right into East Port

Now refer to ‘In Town of Falkland’


From Perth:-

Southbound on M90 (Forth Road Bridge/Edinburgh)

Exit Junction 9 – signposted ‘Cupar’

Follow A912 through Glen Farg to Gateside

Turn left at Gateside on to A911(T) – signposted ‘St. Andrews’ etc.

Turn right at Strathmiglo on to A912 – signposted ‘Falkland’

On entering Falkland, continue on past tennis courts and round sharp right hand bend.

300 yards on from bend take first right into East Port

Now refer to ‘In Town of Falkland’ below.


From Dundee:-

Southbound over Tay Road Bridge on A92

At next four roundabouts go straight ahead following signs for ‘Glenrothes/Kirkcaldy’

Continue to Freuchie (a 40 mph area) where you turn right onto B936 for Falkland

On entering Falkland, continue straight on till crossroad junction (Primary school on right).

Turn right and after 500 yards turn left into East Port

Now refer to ‘In town of Falkland’ below.


In Town of Falkland:-

If using a Sat. Nav. please turn this off as you enter the village of Falkland as unfortunately they direct you away from the school.

Turn into main street (EastPort) at FalklandPalace

Pass through town centre, straight on past fountain

Follow road past  Fayre Earth Craft Shop

Continue through narrowing street for some 500 metres to ‘WestPort’

Follow road to right at junction – signposted ‘No through Road’ ‘Falkland Cricket Club’and Falkland House School

Continue through gates of Falkland Estate

Pass duck pond on your left and over 3 traffic ramps

After third traffic ramp, bear left at fork in road and follow driveway up to Falkland House School


Cars can be parked in the car park at the front of the school or to the left-hand side of the school driveway.

Please report to main reception in Falkland House School


Public Transport:

Rail to Markinch

Bus to Glenrothes

Connecting buses every hour to Falkland


Falkland House School praised in Scottish Parliament

Motion S4M-05372: Roderick Campbell, North East Fife, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2013

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Falkland House School recently received Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society; understands that the school participated in a self-evaluation process between January 2011 and June 2012 before the National Autistic Society undertook a formal review of the school in August 2012; understands that the school has been praised for its transition service and its ability to increase pupils’ independence and inclusion in their home localities at a later stage; further understands that, of the 11 statements for which inspections have been carried out by the Care Inspectorate recently, Falkland House School has achieved an “excellent” rating in nine, and a “very good” in two, and praises the hard work of Stuart Jacob, Director of the school, and all of the staff in providing what it considers to be an excellent level of service.

Supported by: Dennis Robertson, Liam McArthur, Graeme Dey, Richard Lyle, Kevin Stewart, Chic Brodie, Liz Smith, Nanette Milne, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson, Colin Beattie, Murdo Fraser, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Maureen Watt, Jackie Baillie, Mike MacKenzie, Jamie Hepburn, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Colin Keir, Mark McDonald, David Torrance

Latest Grading from the Care Inspectorate

Please find below the grades for the 10 Quality Statements in which the school has been inspected.

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of care and support provided by the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service user’s health and wellbeing needs are met.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of the environment within the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We make sure that the environment is safe and service users are protected.

Grade:           Very Good (28/08/2012)

The environment allows service users to have as positive a quality of life as possible.

Grade:           Excellent (15/09/2010)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of staffing in the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We are confident that our staff have been recruited, and inducted, in a safe and robust manner to protect service users and staff.

Grade:           Excellent (29/01/2010)

We have a professional, trained and motivated workforce which operates to National Care Standards, legislation and best practice.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We ensure that service users and carers participate in assessing and improving the quality of the management and leadership of the service.

Grade:           Excellent (28/08/2012)

We use quality assurance systems and processes which involve service users, carers, staff and stakeholders to assess the quality of the service we provide.

Grade:           Very Good (28/08/2012)

View our latest report in full here