Learning Support and SEN Department

As Head of Learning Support and SEN 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 programs 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 and SEN Department maintains liaison with all staff members. 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 recognizes that the liaison with parents of children with SEN also has 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 with varying responsibilities and specialisms; including Support Coordinator, SEN and Pastoral Coordinator, academic support teachers, SEN support teachers and 3 Psychologists, all of which deliver individualized programs.

 

Learning Support Staff List:

Academic Support Teachers:

  • Riham Helmy – Support Coordinator
  • Dina El Helbawy – English
  • Sara Fahmy – Math
  • Mai Hosny – English
  • Amira Taha – English
  • Marwa El Margoushy – Math
  • Nermine El Husseiny – English
  • Sahar Abdel Motaal – Math
  • Rania Ibrahim – Math
  • Allaa Lasheen – SEN/Academic
  • Doaa Allian – SEN/Academic

SEN Team:

  • Ms. Leila Taha – SEN/Pastoral Coordinator
  • Hend Qotb – School Psychologist
  • Hagar Bassem – School Psychologist
  • Rabab Hassan – School Psychologist
  • Hussein Ibrahim – Learning Facilitator

 

Areas of Need

  • Cognition and learning
  • Behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
  • Speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Sensory and /or physical needs
  • Specific learning needs which can include being gifted and/or talented

Our Intervention Programmes

The Learning Support and SEN Department offers many alternative intervention programmes depending on our pupils’ needs. We deliver a variety 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:

  • National Curriculum Reinforcement
  • Read Write Inc. (general/ intensive)
  • Fresh Start Programme
  • In class support
  • Individual/small group extraction sessions
  • Social Skills Programmes

EBIS has established a specialized support provision to all pupils who require a differentiated approach to the mainstream teaching and learning methodology.

 

The Learning Support Department 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. All pupils on the support register receive an engaging, highly differentiated but equally challenging curriculum according to their individual needs.

The main aims of the Learning Support and SEN Department are:

  • To provide learning environment with avariety 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 this includes the prescribed National Curriculum and is suitably adapted and modified to age and ability.
  • Toshape and plan the teaching of the curriculum to be responsive to individual needs and minimize the effects of any impairments upon learning.
  • To give specific, specialized supportto all aspects of development, in order to help each individual pupil progress to a greater degree of independence. Such support will include a multi-disciplinary approach where appropriate.
  • Tonurture children’s self-esteem and confidence. To also encourage good manners, behaviour, respect, and tolerance of others.
  • To encourage a close partnershipwith parents and other professionals involved with the child’s needs.

Here at EBIS, we are proud to demonstrate that as dedicated educators, we also recognize the necessity to provide opportunities for our most able and higher attaining pupils. They 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 ablest pupils’

I am delighted to be part of the school which encompasses such a passion and commitment to ensuring all children learn, no matter the pace, individual ability or learning style.

Yara El Tagoury

 Head of Learning Support and SEN Department