Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The SEN Department reflects the school aims of valuing everyone equally and providing opportunities for all students to:
- fulfil their potential
- develop confidence and self-esteem
- enjoy and value learning
- develop personal responsibility and respect
The fundamental objective of the SEN Department at the British School of Bucharest is to provide the support framework for students requiring assistance with their learning.
The SEN Department supports students with:
- learning difficulties
- medical issues
- behavioural and emotional difficulties
We are supported in the SEN Department by an Educational Psychologist to help us provide most effectively for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social development needs. Such expertise provides teachers and parents with necessary guidelines to support these students inside and outside of the classroom as well as providing individual counselling sessions for both students and parents if required.
With respect to other cognition and learning needs, our SEN Department provides teachers with guidance to adapt their lessons to specific needs and individual support guidelines through the development of Individual Educational Plans followed by regular review. There are several targeted support sessions within Primary and Secondary. This type of support takes place as often as possible via in-class support rather than withdrawing students from their lessons. We also liaise with external agencies such as speech therapists for communication and interaction needs.
The SEN Department organises access arrangements with external examination boards to provide students with appropriate support at this time, whether that be with extra time in examinations, a reader, a scribe or other provision based on the student’s needs.
In some cases, the school has developed a parallel syllabus for students whose needs were more severe so that they could continue in mainstream schooling, but with an adapted curriculum. The school is unable, however, to meet the needs of students with:
- Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) – significant intellectual or cognitive impairments; mobility, communication, perception or co-ordination difficulties
- Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD) – physical disabilities or sensory impairment