Our learning support department provides assistance to students who may struggle in keeping up with the demands of the curriculum, whether it be due to a learning difficulty, a lack of language skills or other special educational needs. Every child learns and progresses in their own way, thus we do our best to support them in getting the most out of their educational experience.
We offer two learning support programmes:
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Programme
Our EAL classes support children whose first language is not English. It is a short-term remedial programme that helps children improve their English language skills to a level where they can confidently participate in lessons with their peers.
A student may be required to take the EAL programme upon the recommendation of teachers or automatically upon enrolment, depending on their results in the English language component of their admissions test. EAL teachers work with children on their English skills within the regular classroom or in special pullout groups, according to what works best for the students’ needs.
Special Education Needs (SEN)
Our SEN department is staffed by specialist teachers with experience in helping children with special learning needs. Its purpose is to provide such students with additional support so they can transition into regular school life, whether academically or socially.
- After you have made an official application for your child to join APS, your child will be required to take a diagnostic CAT test and possibly undertake a Trial Day.
- If your child is deemed to have performed below the required standard in the test, the next step is to determine whether this is purely due to a language issue or because of other factors as well.
- If this is the case, further informal assessments will be administered to determine:
- What the learning/education issue is
- Whether the school is able to provide the support necessary to enable effective learning to take place
If your child has special education needs, please specify this to our admissions team when submitting your official application.