We are inclusive

Head of Learning Enrichment, Lucy Wozniak, presenting on Dyslexia at the Education Expo

MNS is a fully inclusive school.  This means that we do not only accept students who score at the top of our entrance test.  Our tests are able to determine if there is a barrier to full learning that may be keeping a student from achieving to the best of their ability.  Our Learning Enrichment Department, led by Lucy Wozniak and her most dedicated department work in 3 areas across the school.

Learning Support.  These are children who are not achieving as they could because of a variety of reasons. In some cases it is as simple as they have missed critical numeracy or literacy building blocks I previous years at other schools. But here at MNS we are able to assess for things like dyslexia, discalculia, dispraxia and autism to name a few potential barriers to independent learning.  These are then  referred so that we can

best prepare a programme for these children to be successful and eventually enter their IGCSE exams.  Inclusion means that these children are included in the general class activities and classes.  T

hey may have additional small group support or even one-on-one for a period of time with a specialised Learning Support Assistant.  These children maintain a normal rate of work and the aim is to allow to them to develop to a stage of complete academic independence where support is no longer necessary.

Language Enrichment.  We are a multinational school and our student body represents over 50 nationalities – some of whom do not have English as a home language yet our language of instruction and assess

ment is in English.  This department identifies the need for additional English language support at enrollment.  Sessions are then timetabled and most often while the class is busy with English tasks, the students are pulled-out into small groups (or individual if it is felt that the language gap requires this for a time) and engage with a special English development programme.  Students are assessed constantly and the aim is for them to become sufficiently proficient in English as a language of teaching and learning so as to not require these classes any more.

Gifted & Talented.  This is the third component of our Learning Enrichment Department.  Students with particular academic strengths or those with specific maths or language ability are identified by the teachers and engage in a cross-class programme that helps challenge and extend these students more.  This is the newest of these departments and will continue to grow as we expand our search and offerings into the arts too.