Every student at Lanna International School Thailand will be supported in order to fulfil their own potential.
What the department offers:
The Student Support Services department offers Lanna students a wide range of services through Counselling, English Support and Learning Support.
The counselling service provides a confidential, safe, nurturing and personalised approach for students to explore difficulties they may encounter, complementing the pastoral support within the wider school community. Our school counsellors are always available to address the individual needs of students through prevention and intervention programmes. Lanna counsellors support, facilitate and encourage student achievement by helping them:
- Understand and develop a positive self image
- Implement an effective decision-making process
- Set individual, realistic, achievable goals
- Show respect and empathy for other cultures, traditions and individuals
- Maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults
- Resolve conflicts through communication
- Increase awareness of the impact of their actions and enrich their community
- Build resiliency in order to make transitions
- Gain an understanding of a balanced life
Students entering the school with a low level of English are eligible to receive English Support. During the admissions process, initial testing may recommend placement in one or two of the following small-group programs: Intensive English Support (at Primary), Extra English (at Secondary) or After School English Teaching (ASET).
The aim of all programs is to provide support in English language learning to enable pupils to be able to cope with the school’s curriculum independently. Class numbers are kept small to enable targeted, intensive support.
Intensive English Support (Primary) and Extra English (Secondary) lessons take place during the school day, during modern foreign language time. These are our main programs for English Support, and for some pupils, this will be sufficient in advancing their English skills.
Some students, however, will need even further support; these pupils will be enrolled in ASET in addition to Intensive English Support or Extra English. ASET comprises of 2 lessons per week after school.
Placement in all support programmes is reviewed on a termly basis, and parents will receive reports on progress. Pupils will be part of the programmes until it is determined that the child is able to cope with the demands of the school curriculum independently.
There is a separate programme for pupils joining the school in Years 7-9 who need all-day intensive support: the Accelerated English Programme (AEP). This one year programme is designed to provide a fast-track opportunity for Secondary-age students to improve their language skills. The aim is for pupils to reach a level where they may be accepted into LANNA’s mainstream classes at the end of the year.
Learning Support at Lanna is designed to support students with mild to moderate learning differences. Lanna aims to support our students by identifying their individual learning needs and provide them with effective strategies, interventions and support.
Prior to admission, Lanna’s Student Support department must determine whether we can adequately support the student’s needs. Each applicant is considered through the admissions process on a case-to-case basis. Parents whose children are identified as having learning needs are encouraged to provide the school with previous school reports, assessments reports and support plans.
Specific students’ needs are generally met with minor accommodations and/or modifications within the curriculum. Students who have been identified as having learning needs will have an Individualised Learning Plan which are usually delivered within the general classroom setting. In some cases, a Learning Support assistant may be needed to deliver these services. In other instances, more intensive learning support services may be required to address the student’s needs.
If a student is suspected of needing learning support, the school will require testing to be able to determine if the school is able to support the student’s needs. The school can assist with finding appropriate specialists to do the assessment.