Ryan found school, particularly secondary school, a challenge. His attendance was poor and he worked with difficulty across all his subjects at the third curriculum level.
His literacy and numeracy skills were not strong but he did show a marked preference for learning within a practical context. He followed a Skills for Work course in catering at a local college in third year, where he has developed a range of skills. Ryan achieved full attendance for this course.
His S3 profile suggested Ryan needs to find relevance in his learning for him to succeed and for him to develop more self-confidence. Ryan did not involve himself a great deal in the life of the school although he did make a useful contribution to catering for a P7 transition visit and proved a useful mentor to some of the less confident P7 pupils.
Towards the end of S3, Ryan’s parents were involved in discussions with the school staff, his form class leader, the Skills Development Scotland adviser and a representative from college to start planning his transition to the senior phase.
In S4, Ryan studied English, maths, hospitality, PE and a vocational course in employability and enterprise. Ryan also attended college for a part-time placement related to his catering course.
At the end of S4, Ryan was awarded National 4 English and Maths. He was also successful in his examinations at National 5 in hospitality and PE.
Throughout the year, Ryan was encouraged to take part in wider activities. He helped out at charity events and at the local Primary sports day. His confidence grew throughout the year.
Ryan left school at the end of S4 and successfully applied to college to study catering on a full-time basis.