Student Support Services
The primary student support programme builds on the principles of inclusion and differentiation and is that this should be applied to students across the whole learning spectrum from those with identified learning difficulties to those who are gifted.
The role of the Student Support Services team is to support students to achieve in achieving their individual potential, and it consists of teachers from:
- Learning Support for Individual Learning Needs
- Guidance and Counseling
- English as Additional Language
- I.T. Integration
The role of the Support Services team is to work collaboratively with Homeroom teachers to share the teaching and learning roles and responsibilities to co-support students with learning differences. They also work with outside agencies and specialist teachers and use a range of interventions including push-in, pull-out and extra curricular activities to best support individual student learning needs. Students have clear learning goals created during three way conferencing and documented in portfolios and Individual Learning Plans (ILP).
The Support Services team is seen as an integrated and essential part of the learning provision for students. Student Support Services teachers support student learning from Early Explorers to Grade 5.
Social and Emotional Learning/ Guidance and Counseling in the Primary School
In the primary school, Social and emotional wellbeing is addressed and developed through the Primary Years Programme. Character building is extended through many aspects of our curriculum such as outdoor learning trips, student leadership opportunities and community based projects. Our counseling program is progressive, dynamic and responsive to student needs derived from the PYP Learner Profile and the Personal, Social and Physical Education (PSPE) scope and sequence. Moreover, ‘child protection’ and ‘safeguarding’ are addressed through inquiry based lessons under the umbrella of safety.
Personal Counseling Sessions
Students in the primary school understand the importance of having safe spaces and safe people to talk to when needed. Students are proactive in addressing social and emotional concerns. Students take ‘responsible action’ to solve personal and social challenges through initiatives that serve the school community.
The Academic Support team provides targeted support in two different areas for students who would benefit from it:
- Learning Support (LS)
- Additional English Support (AES)
Learning Support (LS)
The LS teacher aims to develop the self-management and self-advocacy skills a student needs in order to learn independently and successfully within the mainstream curriculum.
Support for students is established through a consultative process working with students, parents and staff. The support services team believes that students are best helped when there is a team approach based on individual needs and involving the classroom teacher.
Support provided in Grades 6-10 is a combination of in class and pull out support. In Grades 11-12 support is on a student initiated basis. Learning Support will:
- Share responsibilities with subject teachers to create an environment that supports the needs of all students.
- Ensure student learning needs are supported by differentiated instruction, development of learning strategies.
- Communicate with parents, students and teachers as well as outside agencies as needed.
- Provide opportunities after and before school for students to access support.
Additional English Support (AES)
Additional English Support is for students who may have difficulty in accessing some, or all, of the mainstream curriculum and supports their English language development in order to improve their learning outcomes.