Student Support Services
Bangkok Patana School caters for children with a wide range of abilities. Our Learning Support teachers are available to assist students who need support in meeting the challenges of the curriculum.
Learning Support advises teachers on planning and providing further differentiation and resources as well as practical teaching and assessment support. The range of musical, sporting and artistic opportunities provided by the school also gives many opportunities for talents to be developed outside the formal classroom setting.
Our Learning Support team works in partnership with students, parents, identified outside agencies, class/specialist teachers and the Leadership Team. We recognise individual strengths and differences in teaching the whole child. If any child experiences barriers to their learning, a collaborative approach to assessment is used to identify strengths, needs and if necessary, implement a programme of support.
Learning Support Teachers work:
In class – supporting the delivery of the standard curriculum and differentiating it appropriately.
Out of class – 1:1 or small group learning
They may also:
– Lead small group interventions
In Primary, we follow many of the procedures of the UK Code of Practice. When a student is referred to the Learning Support team, parents will be informed. If a Learning Plan (IEP) is required, targets are set with parents and teachers and reviewed regularly. A Learning Plan is an individualised agreed plan of action which is regularly reviewed as part of the reporting cycle to parents.
Children requiring speech and language therapy may be referred to our school speech therapist who will assess a child’s needs and then provide a programme of therapy if appropriate. Fees are charged for the services of the speech therapist and for any in-school support which is in addition to that provided by our Learning Support teachers.
If outside specialist assessment/intervention is recommended, for example, from an Educational Psychologist, the Learning Support staff can provide information on contacts and options available to parents.
In the rare case that we feel our resources are unable to adequately meet the specific needs of a child, we will suggest an alternative placement.
Some children will demonstrate, or show the potential to demonstrate, outstanding abilities, creative flair or talents which will be significantly in advance of their peers.
In Primary our Extended Learning Leader is available to advise teachers and parents. Our Extended Learning teachers work with students both in and outside of the classroom setting.
English as an Additional Language
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme supports learners in developing their English language proficiency and confidence while at the same time enabling them to fully access the curriculum at an age and cognitively appropriate level.
From Key Stage 1, each year group has a Language Acquisition teacher and English Language Facilitators who work alongside class teachers to support children with their English Language development. ‘Learning Language’ learning intentions are used as the basis of language learning and focus on the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
In Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, EAL students receive two hours of discreet language provision per week in addition to their class support.
There is also a counselling service available to Primary and Secondary Students. The counsellors usually provide short-term counselling of up to six sessions, on school premises, and usually in school time although the length of the sessions varies and is dependent on need.
The counsellor is independent from the school staff but understands the school and works with teachers and other staff to help your child, while at the same time protecting confidentiality.