Learning Support Department
As Head of Learning Support Department, I would like to offer you a warm welcome!
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 during this academic year.
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.
The Learning Support Department is maintaining ongoing liaison with all staff members. SEN Orientation Sessions, INSET sessions and in-service workshops are provided by the SEN department throughout the year to ensure that all members of staff are fully aware of, the graduated response the school has in place and of what expected of the staff, to ensure their competent delivery of the SEN provision.
The school recognises that the liaison with parents of children with SEN has is an integral part in the child’s educational progress and the effectiveness of any school based action. They should have an active and valued role in their child’s education. Every child will be reviewed regularly and parents will be involved at every stage.
Here at EBIS, we have a dynamic support team consisting of 21 staff with varying responsibilities and specialisms; including support teachers, a social and emotional councilor and a psychologist.
Our Intervention Programmes…
The Learning Support Department offers many alternative intervention programmes depending on pupils’ needs. We deliver a variation of individual, small group and in class support se throughout EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our intervention programmes range from Catch Up® Literacy and Numeracy to National Curriculum reinforcement. In addition to our academic programmes, individual social, emotional and behavioural support is also offered to our pupils.
Social Skills Programme
As part of the British National Curriculum, SEN Department has launched a new ‘Social Skills Program’ which helps our children to learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their community. This program is a multi sensory program based on how to develop children’s social awareness and understanding of their interactions and responsibility for their own and others’ behaviour. It also focuses on how to be healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic wellbeing.
The main theme is ‘How to make our school a better place’. Throughout the sessions, students learn new skills which they practice through games, role-play and discussions. A certificate of achievement is presented to all participants as an acknowledgment of their efforts
In addition to our previous intervention programmes, EBIS is very proud and excited to announce that as of the start of this academic year, a new facility has been established within the department. Explorers’ Cove offers an alternative 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 in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 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, behavior, 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