One of the objectives of BIS is to provide Inclusive Education, wherein all students of the school, regardless of their strengths and weaknesses in any area, are a part of the school community. The Learning Centre (LC) team at BIS comprises 12 special educators, a speech therapist, an occupational and a developmental therapist. We believe in educating children with special needs in a mainstream school.
We offer inclusive educational placement along a continuum of partial to full general classroom placement depending on the individual needs of the student. All children belong to a mainstream class; they participate with their mainstream peers in academics, co-curricular and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent.
Special educators offer assistance to students with special needs in the mainstream classroom. Students with specific learning difficulties are offered support in the LC for curriculum based remediation, for example, spelling, reading, comprehension and arithmetic. Some students follow an adapted curriculum in the LC which is formulated according to their present level of academic functioning. Students with speech, language or communication difficulties follow an intensive speech therapy programme, whilst those with motor and coordination difficulties are assisted by the occupational/developmental therapist.
Friendships between students with special needs and their classmates are encouraged. In all our endeavours, the focus is on the individual child. An Individualised Educational Program (IEP) is formulated for each student receiving LC support; the IEP is flexible enough to meet each child's academic, socio-emotional and behavioural needs, thereby ensuring the holistic development of the child.
To increase awareness and sensitivity towards the varied needs of some of our students, we conduct sensitization sessions for teachers, parents, students and support staff. We attend workshops to gain more knowledge of prevalent practices in Inclusive Education and to share professional experiences, thus keeping ourselves updated in the field of Special Education. It is the school’s belief in and commitment towards Inclusive Education that has set BIS apart from most schools in India and the world.
Ms. Padmaja, Ms. Sarika & Ms. Rukmini