The Learning Pathways Department

The newly formed Learning Pathways team are a team of Inclusion and EAL (English as an additional Language) Teachers that supports and teaches the learners in Crescendo-HELP International School who needs over and above what is being delivered in the classroom.

The Learning Pathways team offers short- medium and long-term instruction of carefully differentiated and individualised teaching 1:1, in small groups and in larger classes, guided by the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

The Learning Pathways team is now working towards becoming an outstanding department where the needs of the pupils are identified quickly and provided for. Having a tiered level of support, allows us to place a pupil in the right level of provision so that their needs can be met quickly.

The baseline assessments steer our provision and we can see clearly what the pupils can do and their areas of development through analysing their spelling, reading and writing. There might be some confusion of the alphabet sounds, not being able to blend sounds to form the segments in a word.

Some of our pupils find it hard to distinguish between the sounds at the beginning and the end of words as some of the sounds in the British alphabet might not be present in the pupil’s own language which adds an extra processing difficulty for the pupil.  Some of the pupils find it hard to spell words which contain vowel digraphs which might be evident in their writing also.

 

Once we have this information about the pupils, we then group them according to the intensity of their difficulties and provide the provision to support these gaps in their knowledge.

We are still on our first cycle of provision, having only started it the middle of September and once the pupils have received at least twelve sessions of teaching, we can then re-assess the pupils to see the impact of the provision and if we need to adjust it. If the provision is effective, we expect to see accelerated progress.

 

If any of the pupils who are receiving our interventions do not make the expected progress, then we will put in another layer of support to work more closely with the pupil.

Already we have had several teachers comment on what a difference the intervention programmes are having, not just on the learning outcomes, but on the confidence of the pupils.

 

Catch-Up Reading Programme

The Catch-up Literacy Intervention Programme is introduced as it is highly effective in supporting the development of reading fluency and spelling. Its kinaesthetic approach to reading allows pupils to decode quickly by reinforcing the sounds of the alphabet, blending and segmenting words correctly.

It is important for our pupils to learn words within context and it helps to accelerate pupils reading as much as twenty-four months in six weeks.

The Inclusion Team use the Catch-up approach in lots of ways. We have morning workshops for both Primary and Secondary pupils who receive Catch-up and it is used as a method of teaching reading in the smaller groups and EAL lessons.

 

EAL Classes

Pupils are recommended for the EAL classes if their verbal and vocabulary scores are below a certain threshold. The EAL classes skillfully balance what the pupils need to achieve in their English lesson, guided by the Class or subject Teacher and the individualised needs of the pupils in reading, writing and spelling; taken from the assessment data.

 

1:1 SpLD Sessions

For our pupils who have a diagnosis of dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia or dyspraxia. For the Secondary pupils, we provide 3 x 1:1 sessions per week. We provide 1:1 tutoring, study guides, homework support and organisational guidance for the preparation for exams.

 

Inclusion across the school

We work closely with the teachers within the school to ensure the pupils are supported. Parents will tell us when applying for a school placement, that their child may have some learning need and providing we can meet the needs of the pupils, we will include them in our provision.

Teachers refer pupils who may be struggling or have difficulties in completing their work in class. We will then observe the pupil, collect the necessary assessments and then provide the right level of provision. Sometimes our pupils transfer mid-year or at the start of a new Key stage and it takes time for the pupil to settle in to a new environment with teachers who may not speak their first language. It is important to give these pupils time to adjust to new expectations, a new environment and establishing themselves within an already established class but this does not mean they have additional needs. We will be aware of these pupils and will monitor their progress closely. It can take up to 4 years to develop social English and 7 years to develop academic English and we should be mindful that pupils will automatically revert back to their own language to try and find the answers requested of them by their teachers. The development of lexical resources and fluency in its usage are important for new pupils, so immersion in English is crucial.

The Inclusion Pathways Team
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CAROLINE GILLIAN CLARKE

HEAD OF LEARNING PATHWAYS (INCLUSION)

Ms Caroline joined the school in March 2020 as Head of Learning Pathways. She obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in Product Design from the University of Salford, Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Manchester and a Master of Education in Inclusion and SEN Management from the Open University.

Ms Caroline is a qualified specialist teacher and can assess and diagnose SpLD in young learners and assess for access arrangements in schools, colleges and universities. She is currently on the Doctorate Programme through the University of Manchester and has specialised in identifying the barriers to multilingual learners learning English (identification of Dyslexia in Arabic speakers).

Previous to starting this position, Ms Caroline has been instrumental in leading SEN departments in UK schools to outstanding in Ofsted Inspections and was assessed as an outstanding leader in two BSO inspections. Having worked as a County Advisory Teacher and then a member of the School Improvement Service in the UK, Caroline brings 23 years experience to Crescendo. Caroline is a keen painter and plays tennis and dives

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MELISSA YAP MEI XIAN

INCLUSION TEACHER - PRIMARY

Ms Melissa joined CHIS as a inclusion teacher, working mainly with the primary students with special learning and educational needs. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology (Honours) from James Cook University Singapore, and is working towards earning her Masters degree in special and inclusive education.

She has taught in learning centres, preschools and in other international schools in Johor. She believes that patience and passion is key; every child is different and every child can succeed. She enjoys hiking, reading and doing social work in her free time.

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QISTINA BINTI MOHAMED HELMI

INCLUSION TEACHER - SECONDARY

Ms. Qistina completed her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at The University of Queensland. Before she joined CHIS, Ms Qistina was trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), a therapy based on the science of learning and behaviour for children with autism and other developmental disorder.

She then worked as a behavior therapist for 2 years with children on the ASD spectrum ranging from 2 to 19 years old. She is passionate to teach children especially those who require extra support and attention as she believes that with the right guidance, anybody could succeed and be what they aspire to be.

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SANGEETHA SELVANATHAN

INCLUSION TEACHER - PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

Ms Sangeetha joined CHIS in September 2020. She has completed her Master's Degree in Inclusive Education and has seven years of experience as an SEN Interventionist.

Ms Sangeetha is also an Orton Gillingham trained practitioner, experienced in implementing multisensory teaching methods for learners with Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

As an advisor and facilitator for Best Buddies Malaysia, she is also experienced in implementing sensory diets for students with ASD, ADHD and learners with sensory integration difficulties as well as promoting 1:1 friendships among youth with IDD

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PAMELA A/P GOVINDASAMY

IGCSE ESL SECONDARY TEACHER / EAL SUPPORT FOR YEAR 9

Ms Pamela has 15 years of experience as an English Teacher. Prior to joining CHIS, she has extensive experience teaching English at international schools in Kuala Lumpur.

Ms Pamela joined CHIS in the year 2017 where she started her career as an EAL teacher. After a year at CHIS, she began teaching IGCSE English as a First Language (FLE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) for Secondary students. She also provided support in teaching English As Additional Language (EAL) for Year 9 students.

Ms Pamela believes that every student has great potential to succeed and be what they aspire to be in the future.

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S.UVANA JOTHI A/P SRI RAMULU

IGCSE ESL SECONDARY TEACHER / EAL SUPPORT FOR YEAR 7 & 8

Ms Uvana completed her Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and prior to joining CHIS, she has two years of teaching English for vocational and diploma students

Ms Uvana also is experienced in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) for Checkpoint exams. She also provides support in teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) for Year 7 and Year 8 students at CHIS.

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LEE LE YON

YEAR 8 ENGLISH TEACHER / EAL SUPPORT FOR YEAR 9

Prior to joining CHIS, Ms Lee is a TESL-trained national school teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. A short period after retirement, she began to miss the joy of engaging learners in learning and character building. In 2019, she was given the timely opportunity to join CHIS.

Ms Lee is eager to once again have the opportunity to touch the students lives, helping them to improve their English proficiency and inculcate good values in them. As as a teacher in CHIS, Ms Lee always gives her utmost best.

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LIM PUI HIAR

EAL SECONDARY TEACHER

Ms Lim completed her Bachelor's Degree from National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Prior to joining CHIS, she has extensive experience holding various positions such as a support teacher, tutor, editor for publications and also as an educational administrator.

At CHIS, Ms Lim provides support in teaching EAL for Year 7 and Year 8 students.

Her engaging personality and desire to support the students in their language learning do help a lot along the journey of teaching, as well as learning.

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VIMALA A/P KRISHNAN MOORTHI

EAL PRIMARY TEACHER

Ms Vimala completed her Bachelor's Degree (Hons) majoring in Economics.

She has obtained her Cambridge Teaching Certificate (CICTL) and has four years of experience teaching English to students of various age groups.

Ms Vimala joined CHIS in 2019 teaching English as Additional Language (EAL) for Primary students.

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REVATHI A/P KRISHNAN

EAL PRIMARY TEACHER

Ms Revathi has completed her Bachelor of Education with in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

She has extensive experience in teaching English for a variety of ages from young children to adults.

Prior to joining CHIS, she has experience working with children with ASD for a year. At CHIS, Ms Revathi provides support in teaching English as Additional Language (EAL) for Primary students.

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NUR AMALINA BINTI ROSLI

EAL PRIMARY TEACHER

Ms Amalina completed her Bachelor of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Prior to joining CHIS, she has three years of working experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) for students taking Checkpoint and IGCSE exams.

She is also experienced in handling students with Autism and Dyslexia.

At CHIS, Ms Amalina provides support in teaching English as Additional Language (EAL) for Primary students.