MNS is a fully inclusive, Ministry of Education approved school. This means that we do not only accept students who score in the top range of our entrance test. Our tests are able to determine if there is a barrier to full learning that may be hindering a student from achieving to the best of their ability. Our Learning Enrichment Department, led by Mrs Sharon Scerri and her most dedicated department work in 3 areas across the school.
Some students may not be achieving as they should because for a variety of reasons. In some instances, it is as simple as them having possibly missed critical numeracy or literacy building blocks in previous years. But here at MNS we are able to assess for barriers such dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism to name a few potential barriers to independent learning. These are then referred so that we can best prepare a programme for each student to be successful as they can be. Inclusion means that all students are included in the general class activities and lessons.
Once students have been assessed, they may have additional small group support or even one-on-one support for a period of time with a specialised Learning Support Assistant. These students maintain a personalised pace of work with the aim to allow them to develop to a stage of complete academic independence where support is no longer necessary.
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 assessment is in English. This department identifies the need for additional English language support during the enrolment process. Sessions are then timetabled with the students being withdrawn into small groups (or individual if it is felt that the language gap requires this for a time) in order to engage with a special English development programme. Students are assessed continuously, and the aim is for them to become sufficiently proficient in English as the medium of teaching and learning, so as to not require these lessons any more.
This is the third component of our Learning Enrichment Department. Students with particular academic strengths or those with specific Mathematics, Science or language ability are identified by the teachers and engage in a cross-class programme that helps challenge and extend these students more.