Extra Learning Support
Special educational needs are addressed by all the staff in the school. As we have small classes and a very student-centred approach to education, there is no clear distinction between students with special needs who get extra support and everyone else. It is likely that in different subjects and on different days students will need varying amounts of extra support. As far as possible, the staff try to provide that support both in and out of class time.
Since yoga and meditation are an intrinsic part of the school day the students learn how to become aware of their own barriers to learning and with the help of their teachers and the school counsellor they can surmount them. With this the children will acquire a powerful and wonderful tool for understanding their needs and challenges while helping them to maintain a rich receptivity to learning.
All teachers will be trained in SEN. They will know how to be flexible in their approach to teaching, how to make their lessons student-centred and be able respond to feedback from pupils.
Furthermore, we aim to appoint a SEN learning support teacher at the school within the first three years to assist those students who require further help.
Types of extra provision
In general the provision from within the regular school budget is a balance level of need and the resources available. Where possible special needs will be met through:
- Extra attention in class from the normal class teachers. This is made possible by our small classes.
- Extra support outside class. This is not formal extra lessons, but most teachers make time for certain students when they are having difficulty.
- Having a classroom assistant in class where possible
- Having extra lessons in very small groups or one to one sessions with the SEN teacher.
Students with emotional problems, which can present as barriers to learning, also have access to the school’s counsellor. This person will be a qualified practitioner, experienced with children who will work on a part time basis.
For more information on how we approach special educational needs please refer to the SEN policy, but if to discuss the potential needs of a particular current or prospective student it is best to arrange a call with Anil.