The objective of the Multinational School’s Special Educational Needs Department (SEN) is to enable students to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community.
The Multinational School has a Special Educational Needs Programme that caters for a wide range of disabilities: Autism (Mild to moderate), Down’s Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Cognitive Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD. The primary aim of this programme is to focus on the development of academic, behavioural/emotional and physical aspects of the students. The Special Needs programme offered is based on a very structured curriculum which is modulated and differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student.
Upon a formal and informal assessment, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each pupil is created by the Department’s staff in consultation with parents. IEPs which are written in accordance with the Victorian Curriculum, contain goals and strategies designed to meet the requirements set out in the key learning areas of the student’s schedule.
IEPs are reviewed twice yearly, and parents are invited to attend meetings with staff when reviews are underway. The SEN Department believes in a parent/teacher collaborative approach and parents are encouraged to make an appointment for informal discussions regarding their child’s progress throughout the academic year.
Currently the SEN Department operates with three different levels of students which are:
- High Dependency
- Medium Dependency
- Low Dependency
These different levels were created to reflect the degree of support required by each student, and staff ratios have been set accordingly. In addition, the SEN Department considers close liaison with members of staff throughout the school a necessity.
Special Needs students are given the opportunity of integration into mainstream classes for a variety of subjects such as English, Math, Table Top activities, Music, Arts and Design, Drama, and Physical education…
Early Intervention Section
The Early Intervention Section which is part of the Special Educational Needs Department accommodates children with mild to moderate disabilities. These young children are fully mainstreamed with regular students in the Early Years and Lower Primary (KG1, KG2 and Foundation) and follow the mainstream curriculum. These students are supported by a one-on-one SEN assistant in class. Early Intervention students simultaneously follow the IEP created by SEN Department targeting their specific difficulties. They are withdrawn from their mainstream classes for one-on-one sessions, once per day, to work on the objectives in their IEPs.