Student Support Services in Primary
Student Support Services at BIS Primary School encompasses Learning Support, Pastoral Support and support for students with English as an Additional Language. The team provides a comprehensive and coordinated approach to providing for the additional educational, social and emotional development of BIS primary students.
Working together, with parents, classroom and subject specialist teachers, we can develop appropriate strategies and interventions to best support individual student needs.
Learning Support in Primary
Learning Support at BIS Primary aims to assess, register, monitor and make provision for students with a range of additional educational needs and barriers to their learning.
We offer a system of support from Early Years to Key Stage 2 which is flexible and caters for the individual needs of identified students. Support offered may include, but is not limited to:
In addition there may be a need for intervention programmes with include individual and small group withdrawal to address specific needs of students, e.g. literacy and numeracy development, organisational skills, social skills, etc.
Along with the excellent pastoral support provided by classroom teachers, the BIS offers the opportunity for our students, parents and caregivers to discuss any concerns with our School Guidance Counsellor, who is available by appointment during school hours.
English as a Second or Additional Language Support:
Members of our English as Second or Additional Language team support students who have not yet reached the required level of English competency to allow them to fully access all areas of the curriculum.
Children who do not have English as a first language are assessed when they enter the school. Those students requiring intensive support to develop their English proficiency are supported initially by admission to our Shelter Class Programme. Additionally those students who enter the mainstream class who require support to further develop their English language proficiency are supported for part of the academic day, by our experienced English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers. The length of time a student is required to be supported either in the Shelter Class or through in-class support is determined by the language proficiency of the student.
The Support Student Support team may not be able to meet specific needs of some students without the expertise of external assessment and intervention from other professionals. We are constantly updating our information regarding the external specialists and agencies that are available to provide this service for parents.