Learning Support & EAL

Recognising that all children have different needs and often require varying levels of support, ISPH provides free Learning Support and EAL programmes for students in need.

English is the language of instruction and communication in all sessions and throughout the campus. Therefore, the school offers free EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Learning Support programmes to help new students quickly develop their level of English, become confident English users and fully immersed in the school’s international environment.

Our Learning Support programme is designed to provide students who require additional academic assistance with the support they need. Whilst Learning Support includes EAL (English as an Additional Language) lessons, the support offered to students is very much tailored to the individual. Students may have access to one or more areas of the Learning Support programme alongside their mainstream studies.

Learning Support

Learning support is provided for those students who need additional support with their studies; this may be for a short period of time to boost their subject knowledge or over a longer period to help develop key skills. These sessions can take place in small groups and groupings are determined by the needs of each individual student. Learning Support will often target needs in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) but may sometimes support other curriculum subjects too. Learning Support can also help students improve their study skills, revision techniques and organisation.

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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support

Special Education Needs Support is provided for students with specific and identified needs and is carefully planned to support these needs. SEN support may take place on an individual or group basis and the frequency of this varies depending on the needs of the student. SEN support may take the form of in-class support by a specialist Learning Support Assistant or it may be out of class in a group or 1:1 environment.

EAL Programme

The EAL programme is designed to help new students quickly develop their English skills so they can become confident English users, enable them to be academically successful in the classroom and communicate effectively in social situations. 

Our EAL programme uses a Cambridge English curriculum and this is supported by a variety of resources and materials. The curriculum caters for beginners at CEFR Level A0 and A1, up to competent English language users at CEFR Level A2. 

The number of EAL classes a student undertakes each week is determined by their English language ability. Once a certain level of competency is reached, B1 and above, students no longer need EAL support and will instead study a new language such as Mandarin, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Students are assessed on their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Assessments are conducted at the end of each term with CEFR levels being reviewed after each assessment.