Learning Support

Learning Support

Overview

At Al Ain English Speaking School it is our responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all students.

We do so by:
a) Setting suitable learning challenges
b) Responding to students’ diverse learning needs
c) Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of students

Our Philosophy

We believe that each pupil has individual and unique needs and that some pupils require more support than others. If these pupils are to achieve their full potential, we must recognise this and plan accordingly. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of pupils will have special educational needs at some time in their school life. Many of these pupils may require help throughout their time in school, whilst others may need a little extra support for a short period to help overcome more temporary needs. Our school aims to provide all pupils with strategies for dealing with their needs in a supportive environment and to give them meaningful access to the curriculum.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

At AAESS we believe that pupils with EAL are entitled to the full National Curriculum programmes of study which form the basis of the school’s curriculum. All our teachers have a responsibility for teaching English as well as subject content. We use English as our common language. At the same time we celebrate and value the variety and diversity of the languages that our children bring to our school. Our aim is to ensure that children who have English as an Additional Language will:

• Use English confidently and competently
• Be able to access the full curriculum.
• Use English as a means of learning across the curriculum
• Build on knowledge that they already have of other languages and cultures

We recognise the importance of the role of parents/carers/guardians in EAL learning and look to work with them in partnership.

Individual Learning Needs (ILN/SEN)

A pupil has an individual learning need if he or she has a learning difficulty that calls for individual learning provision to be made for him or her. This may mean that a pupil has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils of the same age in school, or a disability that makes it hard for them to access facilities within the school. Individual learning provision means provision that is additional to, or otherwise different from, that which is made generally for pupils of the same age.

Admissions

We strive to be an inclusive school. All applications for a place at our school will be examined and a decision made upon the individual merit of each case. Regrettably, at this time we may not have the specialist facilities required by some children with moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties.