As Head of Learning Support Department at Egypt British International School, I would like to offer you a very warm welcome!
Egypt British International School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to every child who attends the school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have an entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum.
Our predominant aim is to provide specialist, tailored programmes and provisions to help address individual learning needs for all of our children. The Support Department has experienced many new and exciting developments and has expanded considerably.
The Learning Support Department maintains liaison with all staff members. SEN Orientation Sessions, INSET sessions and in-service workshops are provided by the SEN department throughout the year. This ensures that all members of staff are fully aware of the graduated response the school has in place and the school expectations regarding proficient delivery of the SEN provision.
The school recognises that the liaison with parents of children with SEN also has is an integral part in the child’s educational progress and the effectiveness of any school based action. Parents should have an active and valued role in their child’s education. Every child’s progress is reviewed regularly and parents are invited to be involved at every stage.
Here at EBIS, we have a dynamic support team consisting of over 25 staff with varying responsibilities and specialisms; including Whole School SENCo, support teachers, social and emotional counsellor and a psychologist, all of which deliver individualised programmes.
Our Intervention Programmes…
The Learning Support Department offers many alternative intervention programmes depending on our pupils’ needs. We deliver a variation of individual, small group and in class support sessions starting at EYFS level and continuing through to our KS3 pupils.
Our intervention programmes range from the following:
- Catch Up® Literacy and Numeracy
- National Curriculum Reinforcement.
- Read Write Inc (general/ intensive)
- Two dedicated Support classes- Explorers Cove (lower and upper)
- EBIS Programme of Excellence (G&T)
- In addition to our academic programmes, individual social, emotional and behavioural support is also offered to our pupils through our Pastoral and Positive Behaviour Department.
EBIS Programme of Excellence
Here at EBIS, we are proud to demonstrate that as dedicated educators, we also recognise the necessity to provide opportunities for our Gifted and Talented students. Most able and higher attaining pupils are one of the groups identified in the Ofsted framework and as a school, we aim to ensure that ‘teaching engages and includes all pupils, with work that is challenging enough and that meets their individual needs, including for the most able pupils’
In addition to our existing learning support provisions, EBIS has recently rolled out extended learning opportunities within specific aspects of the curriculum. Extended learning is occurring both within KS1 Literacy and KS2 Numeracy.
EBIS has established a specialised facility within the department to support pupils who require an alternative approach to mainstream teaching and learning. There are currently two dedicated support classes for pupils from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 3.
Explorers’ Cove offers a learning environment where the adult: child ratio is low and is enriched with multi-sensory resources to address multi discipline teaching and learning styles. We have achieved inclusion for all by expertly planning and developing our teaching styles and individual approaches. The National Curriculum is adapted to accommodate the individual needs of children within the Primary and Secondary phase. The children in this class receive an engaging, highly differentiated but equally challenging curriculum.
The main aims of the class are:
- To provide a learning environment with a variety of learning experiences which are geared towards enabling each pupil to experience success in a happy, caring and secure environment
- To provide access for every pupil to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which includes the prescribed National Curriculum and is suitably adapted and modified to age and ability.
- To shape and plan the teaching of the curriculum to be responsive to individual needs and minimise the effects of any impairments upon learning.
- To give specific, specialised support to all aspects of development, in order to help each individual student progress to a greater degree of independence. Such support will include a multi-disciplinary approach where appropriate.
- To nurture children’s self esteem and confidence. To also encourage good manners, behaviour, respect and tolerance of others.
- To encourage a close partnership with parents and other professionals involved with the child’s needs.
I am extremely proud to be part of school which encompasses such a passion and commitment to ensuring all children learn, no matter the pace, individual ability or learning style.
Ms. Jay Wilmott
Head of Learning Support