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Learning Support

Learning Support

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107 welcomes students for whom English is not their first language.

Our academically robust, comprehensive and high level English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme is tailored and resourced to provide optimal conditions for the academic and personal success of students. Space is limited and we therefore suggest you arrange enrolment in the EAL programme once your place has been confirmed. 

The programme aims:

  • To provide immediate, short term acquisition of sufficient English to ensure a seamless integration into both academic and social school life
  • To strategically assist students to acquire a developed English proficiency to ensure success in the mainstream classroom without EAL support

At St. Andrews, language support is available to all students for whom English is not a first Language from Nursery onwards, in a number of forms, dependent on the level of support required.

St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107 is proud to host students from over 30 countries as we embrace and celebrate our internationalism. The EAL programme is delivered by specialist language teachers with specific pedagogical experience, either Primary or Secondary.

In order to maximise the benefits and outcomes of the programme and to ensure EAL and language acquisition is a whole school focus at St. Andrews, all staff are exposed professionally to the theory and pedagogy of English language teaching.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

We understand that many children could need additional support at some time during their education for a wide variety of reasons. Learning Support Provision at St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107 is personalised for each child, using an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ response method to meet each child’s unique and diverse needs. Students, parents, school staff and if relevant, any external therapists meet regularly to set challenging goals and work together as a team to ensure they are accomplished.

Inclusion

We are an inclusive and an academically non-selective school, although we do assess each child on entry to ensure we are appropriately equipped to meet their need.

Classes are small at St. Andrews, meaning that in most cases special needs are able to be met within class with high quality teaching and differentiated learning opportunities. Although, in some cases we may assess that your child needs some additional learning support in order to meet their full potential.

We offer a range of Learning Support services that include:

  • Targeted interventions from the learning support coordinator or learning support caseworkers
  • One to one support from a learning support assistant
  • Learning mentor drop in sessions to remove barriers to learning
  • School counsellor
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Daily drop in study support sessions in the school library
  • In class support and strategies from the learning support coordinator
  • Exam technique and revision sessions
  • Educational testing for Access Arrangements

We have links with a wide variety of external educational services should the need arise

  • Educational psychologists - if students need a more in depth assessment.
  • Occupational therapists
  • Child psychiatrists

Individual Education Plans

An Individual Education Plan is known as an IEP, is a personalised plan and record of action undertaken to ensure that students with additional needs to those of their peers are fully included in the life of our learning community and have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential.

An IEP is written by the classroom teacher with the support from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and Learning support assistants (LSA) who work with a particular child.
It should:

  • Be a working document with a practical value in the present moment.
  •  Act as a profile outlining student’s particular strengths and difficulties.
  •  Actively involve the student, parents/carers, colleagues and where necessary external agencies.
  •  Outline action additional and different to everyday classroom practice, taking into account what the student can already do independently.
  • Be accessible to all involved.

At St. Andrews we write IEPs only for those students placed on the SEN register with multiple additional needs and clearly identified as currently underachieving or having underachieved within the past 12 months.

Contact

St. Andrews International School, Dusit
253/1 Sawankhaloke Road
Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand 10300
E: admissions@standrews-schools.com (general enquiries)

Location

Dusit campus location