SEN and ESL
Special Education Needs (SEN)
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school. We strive to cater to diverse needs of students by ensuring that each student gets equitable access to the learning curriculum.
We have a resource room where children with special educational needs (enrolled in the regular mainstream class) gather for special instruction. Trained educators are available to help them during this short period, away from their regular classes. The need for a resource room is to cater to the specific abilities of the student. This is done by ascertaining their learning styles, restoring and building their self-esteem, and working on their strengths and potential to make them confident and self-reliant.
Specially created worksheets, flashcards, educational games, graded readers and teaching aids, suited to various learning difficulties, are used to promote academic development. Students with special needs are supported primarily through remediation, accommodation and with certain exemptions especially during examinations, depending on the severity of the learning difficulty.
At one of the best IB schools in the country, the SEN team is dedicated to bringing out the best in each child. The SEN team goes by the motto, 'All children can learn.'
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Our students come from diverse cultures, faiths and creeds. They live and study together at a top boarding school. They make long lasting friendships which continue beyond their school years.
Our school is a place where we value the importance of effective communication within and beyond the classroom. Effective communication defines how we think and learn, and is a means to achieve a healthy global and local perspective.
Our ESL teachers are all language teachers. Together, they help our students become confident in their English skills, which is the universal language used in the school. They appreciate that students learn in different ways and therefore use a wide range of teaching methods.
Students with limited English language receive a combination of ‘pull-out’ and ‘push-in’ learning support, depending on their level of proficiency. The IISH ESL support programme promotes Academic English proficiency that will enable the integration of ESL students into the mainstream curriculum in no less than two years. ESL teachers work in active collaboration with homeroom and other specialist teachers to support them.
Our courses are designed to build confidence and improve skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We also support our students in increasing their understanding of Science, Math, History and Economics. The courses provide students with opportunities to discover their self-worth through a range of enrichment activities.