Learning Support Services

 

A) Definition
Students have special educational needs (SEN) if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of students of the same age which calls for special education provision to be made for them.

B) Philosophy
The Special Education Needs (SEN) Department adheres to the philosophy that each individual with challenges is entitled to the support necessary to maximize his/her potential. The Special Education staff works with classroom teachers and other educational personnel, to fulfill the following objectives:

  • To create an effective climate for learning by sharing all available information about a child’s challenges pertinent to the child’s performance in an educational setting.
  • To provide and implement program and testing accommodations as stipulated on the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
  • To facilitate each student’s academic progress and social development by establishing appropriate goals and providing instruction.
  • To support and act as a resource for classroom teachers working with students with special needs.
  • To encourage students to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses so that they can become good advocates for themselves in all settings.

We, at PPS-Dubai, offer personalized special education services that cater to SEN students and help them reach their full potential, by adopting a whole school approach.

C) Objectives 

Special Education shall provide all students a high quality educational experience to promote independent learning and individual success. SEN services support the overall goals of PPS through providing services in the students’ Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) which include the following placements:

·Instruction in the general education classroom with supplementary aids and services

·Services integrated into the general education classroom

·Specialized instruction in a resource or pull-out setting

·Instruction in a specialized classroom

It is the policy of PPS to meet the following objectives for students with disabilities:

1. Will be located and identified.

2. Will have comprehensive evaluations which define both needs and strengths.

3. Will have Individual Education Programs designed to meet their specific needs.

4. Will be offered special help based on the individual education program in the Least Restrictive Environment possible.

5. Will have any potentially harmful effects considered prior to placement for Special Education services.

6. Will be educated to the maximum extent possible with non-disabled peers.

7. Will have their programs reviewed at least annually.

8 .Will be re-evaluated or considered for re-evaluation at least every three years

 

D) Eligibility 

For a child to be eligible for services, the disability must affect the child’s educational performance. Students may qualify for services under one or more categories. These categories do not tell the whole story of the student. Categories alone do not identify where the student will go to school or determine what kind of services they need.

A child may not be identified as a "child with a disability” just because he or she speaks a language other than English and does not speak or understand English well. A child may not be identified as having a disability just because he or she has not had enough instruction in math or reading.


 

Philadelphia Private School (PPS), Dubai, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and AdvancED. PPS is a member of the Learner’s World International Schools (LWIS) Network that is managed by School Development Consultants (SDC). For more information on the LWIS school network and SDC, please visit: www.sdclw.org