Educational SupportOur overarching aim is to enable pupils to achieve their personal best and to fulfill their potential, we achieve this by developing different learning styles and by reinforcing a belief in themselves that they can achieve something of value. Our staff work hard to enable all pupils to directly access the curriculum and, to assist this goal, we try to cater for additional educational support requirements wherever possible.
The highly professional staff of the Learning Support Department is led by a Specialist Teacher and Assessor and is experienced in working with children with a variety of Special Needs including Aspergers, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia ADD and social and emotional issues. Several of the staff hold qualifications from the Dyslexia Institute and all regularly attend professional training courses run by the Independent Schools Council to keep up with new research and current practice in the UK.
The philosophy of the Department is to respect individual differences and cultures, to share knowledge, and then to work together to achieve high academic standards within the British School system.
The Learning Support team work closely with Pastoral and Academic colleagues to ensure that a united, caring whole-school approach is maintained at all times. We acknowledge that it is the responsibility of everyone in the School to ensure that those with greatest differences are integrated, celebrated and catered for.
We are also fortunate in the Paris area to have access to the SPRINT organisation which is an English-speaking Anglo-American network of medical practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists who are available for family or individual consultations if necessary.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)/Intensive English
EAL classes are offered to pupils who need extra lessons to fully access the curriculum. Emphasis is given to all four language skills – listening, reading speaking and writing.
In the Senior School, Intensive English is offered to pupils who arrive with very little or no English. Intensive English pupils join PE and Sport, Personal and Social Health Education (PHSE) and, where relevant, other subject areas with their mainstream classes. They study the vocabulary, structures and concepts of Science, History and Geography within the Intensive English class. The aim for each pupil is to achieve proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking English so that he or she can successfully integrate into mainstream.