Money and housing issues

Pupil voice: How poverty affects young people

Money issues? You’re not the only one.

Here are some ways schools can help pupils whose families are struggling with the costs of the school day:

  1. school clothing grants
  2. help to access money and welfare advice
  3. help with food or other costs during school holidays.

Get advice from Child Poverty Action Group Scotland and check out their film.


Dyslexia

Pupil voice: what your teacher can do to support you if you have dyslexia

Got dyslexia? Here are some tips from Rachel, a Young Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland, about what teachers can do to help you at school. Whatever challenges you’re going through, never forget you have many strengths too….

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia – a different way of learning

1 in every 10 people has dyslexia. 

Dyslexic people can do a lot of things, they just might do them in a different way.

Some of the most successful people in the world have dyslexia… Keira Knightley, Steven Spielberg and Jamie Oliver all have it.

People with dyslexia are often very creative and good at problem solving. Having dyslexia might mean you need help with reading, writing or remembering.

Get more info and support from Dyslexia Unwrapped, the online hub for young people. 

Here’s a great film from the British Dyslexia Association


Support for learning

I’m finding it hard to concentrate at school

5 top tips if you find it hard to focus at school.

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Your rights

Your right to have a say in the support you need at school

Find out about your rights to be supported, included, listened to and involved in decisions at school.

I want to know more about my rights. 


Care experienced

Pupil voice: why it’s important to listen to care-experienced young people

“I think it is vital for our voices to be heard. We are the ones that live within the system so we know how it really works and what it feels like, better than anyone else”.

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Mental health

It’s not always easy to speak up about your problems

If you’re having a hard time at school, it’s not always easy to talk about it. But talking to someone you trust at school can be the first step to getting help.

Get tips on dealing with all sorts of issues that can make school difficult. 


Young people have a say

An advocate can help you make your voice heard at school

Did you know that you have the right to have a say in decisions made about your support at school? Watch this to find out how an advocate can help you make your voice heard.

My Rights My Say can help you to use your rights. 


LGBT

Supporting LGBT young people at school

If you’re questioning your sexuality or whether to come out at school, find out about ways that schools can support LGBT pupils.

Remember that you have the right to an education free from discrimination and bullying. You should not have to defend or hide who you truly are.

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Friends

Autism and friendship – advice from a young person

We asked a young person with autism to come up with her top tips for making friends and talking to people at school.

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