What is differentiation?
Our students are unique individuals who arrive at MSF with different experiences and levels of understanding. Our teachers are experts at providing learning opportunities that address a range of student abilities. Our goal is to challenge and support the students, moving them forward in their learning journey based on their current level.
How we identify need
Our teachers regularly assess their students. At different times, assessments may reveal that a student is missing key concepts or experiences that make it more challenging for them to access the curriculum. At other times, we find that students have a highly developed understanding in a certain area or a very special talent that makes the normal curriculum content repetitious for them, and therefore, less motivating. In both these cases, we support the students with the help of teachers from our ALN (Additional Learning Needs) team.
Additional learning needs
These learning needs can be both academic and social; often help is required from specially trained teachers to identify and support those needs. Our ALN team consults with teachers, parents and students to identify the best ways to help the student move forward. This may include ALN teachers helping in class, running individual or small group sessions out of class, developing IEPs (Individual Education Plans) or carrying out additional assessments.
Social and Emotional
The primary years are a time when students move from being little children to pre-adolescents. They are still developing the social skills that will help them to participate successfully in the world. At times, students may need assistance with understanding their emotions or managing conflict. The class teachers are experts in facilitating this development. We also have school counselors who are able to work with individuals and groups who have particular difficulties.
There are times when we need to consult experts from outside the school; we occasionally bring in specialised support. This process is carried out in close partnership with the child’s parents.