To promote school inclusion the Learning Support teacher, regular classroom teachers, parents and other personnel involved work together and have frequent communication to help a student experiencing learning difficulties achieve his potential within and outside the classroom environment. In the classroom, help may be given in the form of accommodations and modifications (e.g. allowing oral answers during testing for a student who has a learning disability in reading and writing, reducing the number of items in homework, etc.). We at LIST also liaise with outside learning support providers to guarantee that we are providing the support the student needs.
Learning Support teachers work closely with Subject teachers to assess needs and issues arising in the classroom. Some examples of assistance offered are:
- Pull-outs to work on their individualised goals in a one-to-one setting
- In class individualised help for mainstream classes
- Accommodations and modifications (e.g. allowing oral answers during testing for a student who has a learning disability in reading and writing, reducing the number of items in homework, etc.)
- Outside learning support providers (e.g. counselling) to guarantee that we are providing the support the student needs.
Your child’s school years are a very important time for their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. If you have any worries of your own, you should ask for advice straight away. You should first go to your child’s class teacher, the Learning Support Coordinator (the person in the school who is responsible for coordinating help for children with learning difficulties) or the head teacher. When parents work together with their child’s teachers it often helps sort out worries and problems. The closer parents work with their child’s teachers, the more successful any help for a child can be.
Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Learning Support in the primary levels focuses on supporting students access the curriculum and providing appropriate services for early intervention and remediation. These include:
- comprehensive in-school achievement testing
- reading remediation
- support in phonological and phonemic awareness
- Maths support
- Individualised learning plans
- promoting behavioural and organisational skills
- provision of appropriate accommodations and modifications in-class and during testing
Learning support at the secondary level focuses on supporting the students with studying and exam support for iGCSEs and A levels. Extra help may also focus on organisational issues, study tips and tricks, homework, and guidance in individual subjects.
At secondary level we can also refer students for further testing (in school or outside) and arrange modified exam papers at iGCSE level if needed. Secondary learning support aims to help students through difficulties in their teenage years and to equip them with knowledge and skills to pass their school exams.
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The School Counsellor offers both career/ university guidance to upper school students as well as providing emotional support to students from any year group.
The school counsellor is a fully qualified and experienced counsellor who works within the framework laid down by the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). Primary students are referred through the Primary Principal and secondary students can self refer or be referred by Homeroom teaching staff.
School counselling sessions can range from 5 mins to 40 mins depending upon student need. Ordinarily students are offered 4 sessions after which progress is reviewed. In some cases where the needs of students cannot be met in school outside referrals can be made, this is usually done in conjunction with parental support.
The aim of the School Counsellor is to ensure that all students feel happy and successful.
LIST operates a robust and active Child Protection policy and takes student safety and welfare seriously.
Support services in Chiang Mai
Please contact the Student Support personnel if you wish to know more about the available student support facilities in Chiang Mai.
Student Support Staff
Gina Sanares, Primary School Learning Support Coordinator
Laura Gibbs, Secondary School Learning Support Coordinator
Alex Gunn, School Counsellor
Learning Support fees
Learning Support Supplement per semester is 20,000 baht, per year: 40,000 baht