Student support @ISUtrecht – a multi-tiered approach
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Student support @ISUtrecht – a multi-tiered approach

Over the course of the past academic year the staff and student support team reviewed the school’s student support policy – a policy that is designed to help you understand the nature and details of inclusion practices at the international school Utrecht.

By the ISUtrecht student support team.

Using information from different sources, such as the CIS community survey and conversations with staff, students and parents, we have planned and developed an approach to student support that we believe will work for our families at ISUtrecht. In this article we will explain what student support at ISUtrecht looks like and how we support our students to reach their full potential. The full policy will be uploaded shortly.

Positive and supportive environment

One of our main ISUtrecht goals is to create a stimulating learning environment in which everyone feels at home. We believe that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress, so they can achieve their best, become confident individuals making a successful transition into adulthood. Through promoting and creating a positive and supportive environment for student learning, development and well-being, we aim for all our students to reach their full potential and be successful learners.

A multi-tiered approach?

At ISUtrecht, we proactively address the academic, behavioral and social-emotional needs of every student in the school through a multi-tiered approach. All staff have a responsibility to understand and include all learners.

Student support begins within the classroom itself, where at the core we find teachers and mentors. Our team of competent teachers and mentors ensure quality teaching, plan differentiated lessons and form the link between the students’ school- and homelife. Their role is to guide the students through their education, in the broadest sense, at ISUtrecht.

Some students need more than differentiated support in the classroom. When teachers identify additional educational needs, the teacher, together with the student support team can offer supplementary services and interventions.

Do you want to read more about our approach? The new inclusion policy, which will be uploaded shortly, gives a detailed explanation.

The student support team

When students need additional support, teachers can involve the student support team. The team support student’s ability to learn and teacher’s ability to teach.

The ISUtrecht student support team is composed of the student support coordinator, student support specialist, the school psychologist and the careers counselor. Across the continuum the team offers consultation with teachers, observation, in-class support or small group support as well as individual academic support. Next to this the school psychologist offers individual and small group counseling.

The school’s student support team also works closely together with community partners. For instance, when we need the expertise of a speech therapist or a family counsellor. Depending on the needs of the student and the family, we can for instance involve our school doctor, school nurse, family counsellors from the buurtteam.

Read more about our team on the school website.

Collaboration at all levels

Being successful in supporting students and meeting the needs of all learners relies on collaboration at all levels. Students are involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of their support and parents are seen as an essential partner and a vital part in offering effective support to the students. If you have any questions you can always reach out to your child’s classroom teacher (primary) or your child’s mentor (secondary).

Do you want to read more about student support at ISUtrecht, our approach or our team? The new inclusion policy, which will be uploaded shortly, gives a detailed explanation.