We recognise that each student is unique with individual needs. In promoting a positive, encouraging and respectful school environment for all students, we aim to provide support for students with specific learning difficulties or learning differences to help them succeed in UWCSEA’s challenging learning programme.
Our highly trained Learning Support teams on each campus work with classroom teachers and parents to identify appropriate support for currently enrolled students to enable them to thrive in the UWCSEA curriculum. The Learning Support staff work closely with the Counselling team to further support both students and parents as appropriate. If necessary, the team also consults with outside speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists in evaluating or addressing a student’s needs.
It is important to note that the scope and availability of Learning Support services are limited. Applicants with mild learning difficulties will be considered, and must submit full information at the time of application. School reports are reviewed carefully, and applicants may be invited for further assessment. Based on the limited resources and services available, UWCSEA is not an appropriate school for students with moderate to severe learning or behavioural needs.
In Primary School, there is one Learning Support teacher per grade. For literacy and numeracy needs, students receive small group support from Learning Support teachers (approximately 15 places per grade). Mild behavioural and social needs can be supported within the classroom. The most common learning difficulties addressed are language and numeracy delays.
The Learning Support provision in Middle School includes small group support for literacy challenges (approximately 8–10 places per grade). Difficulties in mathematics are supported directly by the Mathematics Department. The Learning Support teachers also offer mentoring for organisation skills and mild behavioural needs for students with identified difficulties.
In High School, there is one Learning Support teacher who focuses on helping students develop the habits and self-management skills needed to succeed in the rigorous academic curriculum. Small group or mentoring support is offered to address study skills and organisational habits. Development of study skills is also integrated within the Personal and Social Education programme for all students.