Children with Special Educational Needs

The International School of Bremen is a fully inclusive and internationally minded school that aims to ensure that all students achieve their potential academically, personally, socially and emotionally, regardless of their physical ability or educational needs.

Historically, the School hasn’t had a separate department or Coordinator for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), preferring to address the few Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) we have in the classroom environment. We do have members of staff who have had significant levels of training in areas such as dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and SEBD (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties).

With the School’s widening intake, and a more efficient assessment and recognition of SEND students, a working party has been created to formalise the many interventions that are happening throughout the School, for example, the widespread use of Fresh Start and Toe-by-Toe for students identified as being dyslexic or delayed in their reading development. Another example is supplying students who have temporary or long-term mobility issues with transponders that allow them to use the School lift between floors.

School year 2019-20 has seen us broaden and formalise the various types of interventions that occur throughout the School. Classroom teachers have, under the guidance of the SEN staff working group, become more involved in assessing their students’ progress, identifying difficulties and delivering additional help by use of guided planning. In this way, students are able to fully access the curriculum and achieve in line with other students in international schools.

The goal of the ISB is to be a fully inclusive, non-selective, international community.