At Little Steps, we are passionate about equal opportunities for kids struggling in the classroom more than the formal educational system had predicted. Fortunately, society is slowly awakening to the complexities of our human experience and schools are embracing the reality that everyone’s journey is inherently different. The stigma around learning and behavioral difficulties is rightfully dissipating. Schools are learning to find ways to offer support to students whose talents don’t fit the narrow mold of expression the academia is usually impressed by and letting their individual strengths shine through. In Singapore, leading schools are implementing comprehensive Learning Support systems that integrate children with learning or other difficulties into the mainstream classroom. Here are our top picks!
The Winstedt School is shifting the narrative through an integrated therapy and learning support model. Focused on students who learn differently, each child at Winstedt has a team of educators, supports specialists, and therapists. The school also offers speech and language, occupation, and behavioral therapists support inside the classroom, in targeted groups, or through individual or paired sessions. Moreover, collaboration is at the heart of their comprehensive and individualized education, so educators, support specialists, therapists, and psychologists are involved in all aspects of the school day, with extra support provided when needed.
Learn more about Learning Support at The Winstedt School here!
IIS believes that every kid has the potential for success, as long as you make an effort to understand their learning style as opposed to forcing them to understand yours. They have a team of caring specialists and therapists who collaborate with teachers and each other and engage with individual students. Their job is to help students achieve their maximum potential while ensuring their well-being through, if needed, behavioral therapy, counselling, social skills training, speech and occupational therapy, all the while making sure that any special interests or giftedness are developed as well.
Learn more about Learning Support at ISS here!
AIS manifests its inclusiveness with the help of its skilled Learning Enrichment Department, which offers a continuum of services that support positive learning outcomes in all students through a flexible learning and teaching model that aims to reflect each student’s abilities and style of learning. The staff partners up with class teachers and outside specialists that help them engage students in meaningful, challenging experiences within a nurturing environment that appreciates differences and encourages everyone to learn from each other.
Learn more about Learning Enrichment at AIS here!
Dover Court believes in different paths to the same goal of self-fulfillment! To guide all students on their way to the end-goal, they have structured unique, flexible learning pathways. Their team offers both short-term and structured, ongoing support through these specially designed alternative routes with varying focuses to accommodate students’ individual needs and abilities while supporting their progress and growth with the help of an Educational Psychologist, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, learning support, counselling, and various forms of therapies (Speech and Language, Occupational and Physiotherapy).
Learn more about Supportive Education at Dover Court International School here!
ISS is serious about maintaining an inclusive, nurturing, enriching, and empowering learning culture – to all students. This is why they have a Learning Support and Counselling Team, as well as a unique Learning Accelerator program. If a student is eligible for their Learning Support program, their Learning Support Team creates an individualized student plan. The school has a learning support referral process in place that puts students in one of four Levels of Adjustment: 1 – in class differentiated support in a specific area; 2 – accommodations across one or more areas; 3 – significant accommodations or modifications; 4 – significant modifications in multiple areas and support of a shadow teacher.
Learn more about the Learning Support at ISS International School here!
SAIS has a range of support services and programs in place to cover various areas where students can face difficulties while navigating their school years, inside and outside of the classroom. First, they strive to identify learning and behavioral needs as early as possible. Once they do, they help their students through early intervention (addressing socio-emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development concerns in young learners), academic support, math extension, counseling, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and intensive support – collaborative support from Special Education teachers who design individualized programs when this is necessary.
Learn more about Student Support Services at SAIS here!
Stamford American International School, Woodleigh Campus, Woodleigh Lane (Off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684; Early Learning Village, 3 Chuan Lane, Gate 4, Singapore 554350, +65 6602 7247, email@example.com, www.sais.edu.sg
Besides learning support teachers and speech language pathologists, SAS has licensed psychologists who all work together to ensure a supportive and inclusive learning environment that facilitates growth. Counseling is available in all school years, focusing on issues arising naturally at different stages of development, as well as special personal needs. Their approach is proactive, child-centered and developmental, and includes family counseling and workshops. In case other types of therapy are needed, the support team partners up with external specialists, too.
Learn more about Counseling at SAS here!
SAS, 40 Woodlands Street 41, Singapore 738547, +65 6363 3403, www.sas.edu.sg
Tanglin Trust School caters to individual learning needs which can be accommodated within the mainstream classroom. When teachers can’t meet student’s individual learning need, curriculum modifications or specific interventions come into play! TTS has a dedicated Learning Support Team, Learning Support teacher, Educational Psychologist and counselors, as well as external experts who participate in this collaborative approach to learning support. Well-being is further promoted through a strong and well-structured system of pastoral care!
Learn more about Learning Support at Tanglin Trust School here!
GIIS has a dedicated School Counselor who works with students, parents and teachers to provide just the kind of support the individual student needs on their journey. This can take the form of counseling, assisting parents make informed decisions, assessing learning and behavior, assisting the school to identify and address disabilities that affect the student’s learning and engaging other agencies to help with the student’s well-being and development!
Global Indian International School, SMART Campus, 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore 828649; East Coast Campus, 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore 459663, +65 6914 7100, www.singapore.globalindianschool.org
Nexus puts a strong focus on inclusion and aims to instill empathy for others and an understanding of themselves in their students, which is indispensable for achieving true, healthy, personal and professional excellence. They practice what they preach through engaging a learning support team, the family, teachers and, if necessary, external providers, to aid the development of those who might have a harder time than their peers.
EtonHouse’s Broadrick, International School at Orchard, and Middleton International School are inclusive schools that support kids with diverse learning needs within the mainstream classroom. The support consists of the Learning Support team and Homeroom, Language, Specialist teachers, as well as Shadow Teachers in cases when a student needs full-time support. Outside experts are also part of this comprehensive network – educational psychologists and counsellors, speech and language therapists, occupational and play therapists. Not to mention that EtonHouse’s approach is fundamentally personalized to begin with!
Learn more about EtonHouse’s approach to education here!
CIS has an extensive support system that includes dedicated learning support classrooms and timely, proactive assessments and strategies that help struggling students thrive in this inclusive, holistic setting. Their Learning Support teachers work directly with teachers and students, whether in-class or outside of it individually or in small groups. In addition to Learning Support teachers, the Learning Support Team brings together the school psychologist, counselors, coordinators, health care providers and outside therapists. On top of that, Homeroom and Advisory teachers provide pastoral and emotional support on a daily basis.
Learn more about Pastoral Care and Learning Support at CIS here!
CIS, Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414, +65 6467 1732, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128, +65 6345 1573, email@example.com, www.cis.edu.sg
Bright Path also does what we’d like to generally see happen in education at large: they incorporate therapy services into the curriculum from the get-go. A Personalized Education Plan is customized for every child. In case there are additional needs, their in-house therapists are ready to meet them as their team of psychologists, educators and professional therapists work on a unique curriculum based on your kiddo’s unique potential. To top it off, all this holistic learning and care is happening in a naturalistic environment nestled in nature, with a teacher-child ratio of 1:3 (lowest in Singapore)!
Learn more about Bright Path’s Early Intervention and Therapists here!
Blue House Nursery & International Preschool pioneered the introduction of the Reggio Emilia approach to Singapore, and as such it is a specialist in early years, viewing all kiddos as unique, individual beings with valuable theories and voices that can contribute to their community of peers and the world at large, as long as they are supported to grow comfortable in their own skin. The very approach is based in an in-depth understanding of child development, but they additionally work with external specialists to address special learning needs.
Learn more about Blue House’s approach to education here!