British International Schools in Kurdistan
Student Support - SEN Program - Social Worker
The Secondary school is an exciting, active, and challenging time. At BISK, we’re here to support your child throughout their journey with counseling, educational assistance, and an integrated counseling program for all students.
Counseling Services and Program
Counselor is an integral part of the educational team at BISK, offering support and information to students and parents through individual and group meetings, classroom lessons, parent coffees, and more. Our counselor follow the International School Counselor Association (ISCA) standards to support students' in self-exploration. The Counselor is able to help your child find the right courses, explore new after school activities, and provide a support system during difficult times.
English Language Learning Support
Secondary School students are able to enroll in our English Language Learners program on a case-by-case basis.
As an international school with English as the language of education, we provide ESL(English as a Second Language) to those students who may need extra assistance in improving their general English capabilities.
Our Dedicated staff are working at each level of the school, from Infant through Secondary, to meet the learning needs of individual students.
Our SEN (Special Education Needs) policy states:
We value the contribution that each child makes and welcome the diversity of culture, religion and intellectual style.
We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for our students’ needs and abilities.
We seek to raise the achievement of students, remove barriers to learning and increase physical and curricular access.
All children are valued, and respected as equal members of the school and this includes children with special needs. Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Parents, teachers and management work closely together to determine the needs of all students. A tiered structure of support and assessment assist us in guiding each student to success academically, socially and emotionally.
In the Secondary School, the SEN department is combined with a Learning Commons. The Learning Commons is a learning resource center, available for all students to receive assistance with homework, specific topics, remediation and study strategies.
A school social worker provides counseling and help to students, parents, and school staff to address the psychological and social well-being of the students, from elementary to university age. The school social worker will also work with outside support services or agencies to assist those students who need help in their personal lives.
School Social Worker Responsibilities:
Counseling students with personal and psychological issues that affect their performance, behavior, and socialization in school.
Providing counseling sessions, treatment plans, or workshops as necessary and establishing prevention programs and intervention plans.
Communicating with students to determine the areas in which they may need assistance or counseling.
Assisting teachers and administrators with behavioral and attitude issues by communicating with students to find the causes of their distress.
Providing information, when appropriate, to outside support services to help students with economic, emotional, or physical issues.
Assisting at-risk students or students with disabilities.
Communicating with parents, teachers, and administrators to understand students' challenges.
Maintaining case files and reports to track students' progress and problems.
Helping students and families suffering from abuse, violence, hunger, or homelessness to access resources like shelters, food banks, and medical care.