The Learning Support Department at DIA strives to ensure that students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) achieve positive outcomes and make academic progress before leaving primary school. Learning Support students are assisted on areas of specific learning difficulties in all academic subjects, as well as life/social skills in order for them to reach their potential.
Learning Support Students will have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) created, based on the shared goals and aspirations of themselves, their parents and their teachers, under the guidance of the SENCO and the Learning Support team. SMART targets are tracked and evaluated a minimum of three times each academic year, using the Assess-Plan-Do-Review model. External Assessment Reports need to be up to date and the guidelines set out by these professionals are taken into deep consideration when planning the IEP. Where a student is attending individual therapy such as Speech and Language Therapy (SLT), or Occupational Therapy (OT), termly progress reports must be submitted to the SENCO to ensure we also support these goals in school.
All teachers are teachers of children with SEN. They are responsible and accountable for the learning and progress of all the children in their class, including those with SEN. The SENCO is available to assist and guide teachers and parents in planning and coordinating the best support possible for these students.
Students with difficulties accessing the mainstream curriculum, receive inclusive support from Learning Support Assistants. This kind of support works alongside the classroom teacher but allows for extra instructional support and explanation that classroom teachers cannot always provide 1:1.
The Learning Support department also supports students who find specific areas challenging, but may not have Special Educational Needs. In these cases, Learning Support Teachers plan, deliver and assess effective booster interventions, which are evidence based and work to close gaps in peer attainment. These programs also support children with SEN who require such intervention. Learning Support Teachers assess the impact of these and report on progress to parents, teachers, the SENCO and the Head of Primary.
DIA works with a wide range of external agencies and professionals, many of whom can offer services in-school. The Learning Support department are happy to share any of this information on the wealth of services and options available to you locally in Dubai and assist parents wherever possible.
If you are at all concerned about your child’s needs, development or academic progress, please contact our Kindergarten & Primary School SENCO, Donna O’Sullivan; firstname.lastname@example.org