LUSAKA INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Student Support Services


SSS

 

Student Support Services

At LICS we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum for all our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. We recognise the need to identify and support pupils with barriers to learning and strive to enable them to reach their full potential within our school community.  We pride ourselves in providing a differentiated curriculum in which teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to pupil’s diverse learning needs.  Pupils are assessed by their class teachers both formatively and summatively, and if the teacher believes that there is an area of concern, they are referred to the Student Support Services for further assessment.

The Student Support Services provide individual, small group or ‘in class’ support for all pupils who require additional support. Thus, enabling them to participate effectively in curriculum and assessment activities and experience success in school.

Parents are kept informed about the support their child is receiving and are invited to attend regular review meetings.

The Student Support Services offer a range of programmes, specifically designed to meet the needs of the child:

Learning Support (LS):

Pupils arrive at LICS from all over the world and therefore may have followed a different curriculum.  As such, the Student Support Services offer ‘Booster’ sessions for pupils to help them with this transition period or to fill in any gaps in knowledge they may have or to develop the required study skills.

 Special Educational Needs (SEN):

We are able to cater for a limited number of pupils with moderate needs including: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder. However, all pupils are assessed before starting school and they will only be accepted if the department feels that they have the resources, both human and material, to fully cater for an individual need.

 English as a Second Language (ESL): 

Some of our pupils come to school with little or no English. Our English as a Second Language Programme follows the Cambridge Curriculum:

It allows pupils to acquire the skills they need to communicate effectively in English through a range speaking, listening, reading and writing activities.

 Enrichment Programme:

While the vast majority of our students’ goals are successfully met through our curriculum, the Enrichment Programme was created in March 2015 to enhance provision for those who demand an additional level of challenge. This approach reflects our philosophy to differentiate within an inclusive environment. As we would provide for pupils with specific learning difficulties or pupils with English as a Second Language, we also believe that it is import to provide individualised support for pupils who may need to be extended and challenged further in order for them to reach their full potential.

 Counselling:

We recognise that counselling is very important to the well-being of our pupils. Counselling, herein, refers to the therapeutic relationship through which pupils are helped to define goals, make decisions, and resolve problems related to personal, social, emotional, educational and psychological concerns. It is a helping relationship in which a qualified counsellor offers an individual pupil or groups of pupils the time, attention and respect necessary to explore, discover and clarify any difficulties a pupil may be experiencing.

 

The aims of the Student Support Services are:

  • to create an environment that meets the special educational needs of each pupil;
  • to ensure that barriers to learning are identified, assessed and provided for;
  • to make clear the expectations of all stakeholders in the process;
  • to enable all pupils to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum;
  • to ensure that either an IEP (Individual Education Plan) will be generated for each pupil, or groups of pupils, that is developmentally staged, regularly reviewed and adaptable to changing needs;
  • to ensure that appropriate and relevant information and advice is given to teachers, parents and pupils.
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