Chesterhouse recognizes the need to identify and support children with barriers to learning. We strive to enable them to reach their full potential within our school community
At Chesterhouse, learning support is offered to any child in the Junior School, who might be in need of more specialised help.
The referral process
If a class teacher feels that a child in his/her class is not coping with the academic curriculum, they will refer a child for additional learning support. A file study and investigation will then be done to establish the possible cause for the child’s academic challenges.
In some cases, a child can be helped in the classroom setting with the help of learning aids. If this, however, is not the case, the child will receive individual learning support sessions.
Learning support sessions
These take place at least twice during the week. Sessions are planned in collaboration with the class teacher, in order to address the particular skill that is lacking. A child will attend classes in the morning during a period that will not affect his/her class work.
Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting at any point during the term to discuss their child’s progress. Further feedback will be given to the parents in the form of a file note, which is sent via e-mail. Learning Support reports are sent home at the end of June and December.
Chesterhouse practices a multi-disciplinary approach coordinated by full time learning support staff. Children are seen for individual or small group sessions to address Numeracy and Literacy problems.
The following additional services are provided:
- Chesterhouse has on-site Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists
- A NILD (National Institute for Learning Disabilities) therapist is available on-site twice a week. This provides focused educational treatment for vulnerable cognitive systems.
- We work in collaboration with outside professionals such as Educational Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists and Paediatricians.
- Staff enrichment workshops are organized on a regular basis to address topics like Learning Styles, Sensory Integration and Reading Development.
Our Learning Styles Programme
At Chesterhouse we believe that all children have different learning styles. This means that each child learns best when they are taught according to their own learning style. We screen our pupils in our Junior School using this programme and determine which learning style best suits them.
This makes it possible for our teachers to teach each child according to their specific learning method, thereby helping each child to achieve their potential.