Welcome to Biddenham Learning Support
Biddenham International School is a proudly inclusive school with a wide range of individuals from lots of different backgrounds and with lots of different talents and strengths.
Our aim as a school is to provide high quality lessons that take into account the diverse needs of our students. However we recognise that some students will struggle to access parts of the curriculum for different reasons at different times and will require and receive additional support during their journey through the school. Difficulties may include problems with literacy, numeracy, study skills and personal organisation. Students may experience a wide range of medical conditions or personal home circumstances, and a variety of personalised support is available wherever appropriate. Learning Support is here to provide that extra help and to develop the confidence and the skills to ensure that all of our students can thrive using their unique talents.
In Class Support:
We have a dedicated and hard working team of teaching assistants who work alongside our students and teachers in the classroom. Teachers and teaching assistants spend time planning the most effective ways of assisting students to understand the lessons and to make progress in their learning. Our Teaching Assistants may work with small groups or individuals providing various types of assistance to students. This includes scribing, reading, checking understanding of instructions and content; encouraging and reassuring.
We are based at the back of R block in R9. This is the hub for our interventions. We also provide games and a social space during break and lunch times where students can come to if they choose, away from the hustle and bustle of the main school areas to nurture your child so they have the confidence to still make social connections and more importantly friends. .
We run a range of interventions covering the development of numeracy, literacy, and social and emotional skills. These include IDL, 123 Maths, PixL Code, handwriting Lego Therapy, Toe by Toe, Social Stories and Zones of Regulation. These are delivered by our Teaching Assistants in small groups or 1:1. These are for fixed time periods and the aim is to enable our students where possible, to access the mainstream curriculum. For those that cannot do so, we can provide more individualised curriculum if required.
Every Monday to Thursday after school we run a homework club staffed by teaching assistants to provide a space where students can complete independent learning.