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Student Services

“Every Child Matters”

“Every Child is Unique”

Student Services caters for students with Individual Needs and for students who have English as an Additional Language. The teachers in Student Services are all trained specialists in their particular field. The aim of the faculty is to ensure that all students achieve to their potential regardless of individual ability, language, cultural background or personal circumstance.

Individual Needs (IN) students are children who have been identified as having specific learning needs. The term Individual Needs spans the spectrum of learning, from the youngest to oldest, from the least able to the most able. Children for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL) have been identified as requiring specific help to develop their academic English language skills in order to fully access the curriculum. An English language assessment is a requirement for EAL students wishing to enter BIS.

Student Services teachers and learning support assistants may work in the classroom or work with children on a withdrawal basis when appropriate. They work closely with the classroom teachers to ensure that the needs of individual students are met through a range of strategies that promote a differentiated curriculum and support the notion of personalised learning.

Student Services strongly believes in collaboration and advocates an approach that includes students, parents and teaching staff at all stages of the learning process.

IGCSE ESL

This course is aimed at students who do not speak English as their language but for whom it is the language of study.  It focuses on communication and the students' ability to effectively use the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course provides a solid foundation for skills required right across the curriculum and for further study. It also helps to develop an awareness of the nature of language and language learning. The course is assessed through three separate papers: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking.

IB English B

This course is for students for whom English is not their first language. Students engage in a wide range of English language situations using a variety of authentic materials. The course focuses on developing the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and looks at the communicative purposes of texts. Students are also encouraged to develop an awareness of the cultural context in which language occurs. Students are assessed on three criteria; their language accuracy, their understanding of how language is used in various situations, and the quality of their ideas. The exam comprises of both individual and group orals, and reading and writing papers.