El Alsson American School Learning Support
The Learning Support Services Department at El Alsson American International School caters to the needs of students in Grades 1-8 who have mild learning disabilities and/or who have trouble accessing the curriculum due to English language deficiencies or need for specific teaching styles. The department’s goal is to equip and develop these students so they can cope with the demands of the American curriculum independently by the end of Grade 8. The Learning Support Services Team works closely with classroom teachers and employs strategies within available resources to support students in reaching their full potential and access the mainstream curriculum.
A student is eligible for Learning Support services if s/he:
a. has a mild, identified learning disability and/or,
b. has deficiencies in English language skills which hinder access to the curriculum.
Learning Support Services are provided through a variety of methods, including:
- identifying students in need, which may include classroom observations and cognitive, academic and achievement testing.
- supporting teachers with developing and using inclusive teaching strategies that will best suit and support a child.
- planning and monitoring Individualized Educational Plans
- providing accommodations for students (ie: extra test time, laptop use)
- 1-1 and small group instruction to target specific needs, skills or academic areas.
- small group English language targeted support
All Learning Support Services are provided at school, during the school day.
British Primary School Learning Support
Learning Support in the British Primary School (ages 3-11) falls into two categories: school action and school action plus.
School action involves students who are experiencing mild difficulties with the mainstream curriculum having support sessions with the school learning support staff covering various areas e.g. phonics, literacy or maths support in small groups (booster classes). Students are withdrawn from certain classes during the school day in order to attend these support classes. The majority of students having learning support fall into this category.
School action plus involves external support for students who need specialist support above and beyond that provided by the school learning support department. These specialist sessions can be run at school during the school day or externally after school depending on scheduling and the type of specialist support needed. As these sessions are run by external specialists, there are charges for this kind of support. If external support is required parents are expected to follow the advice and guidance of the school in seeking this type of support at or through one of the various centres.
By the end of the Primary School all students are expected to be working at National Curriculum Level 4 to progress to KS3, the Senior School.
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British Secondary Learning Support
El Alsson offers an exclusive Learning Support program that provides a variety of services for our KS3 students. After the appropriate assessing in identifying children with particular needs. We create a personal profile that informs and monitors progress and support given. Many of the services provide emotional and educational provisions for a child to succeed within their studies and coping skills. We strive to equip each child with additional lessons and one on one support to ensure a formal understanding of what they are learning. Math Booster is an extra tutor or lesson based class that students are encouraged to attend in order to improve math scores. This class is usually provided within a lunch period so child is not missing any other mandatory classes. In addition Learning Support supply’s every student with the proper access arrangements which allow every student to receive the appropriate time, equipment and provisions to achieve a smooth testing environment for their specific needs.
The Head of Learning support is responsible for ensuring that Access Arrangements for each student is provided as identified by need or more formal assessment by a qualified assessor. Evidence of support is collated by the Head of Learning Support and referral made to a qualified specialist assessor for external examinations. Working alongside the Examinations Officer and Head of Centre the Head of Learning Support ensures that all documentation and evidence needed for application to external examination boards is updated regularly.