Regents International School Pattaya is determined to provide all of its students with the tools they need to succeed. Complete honesty with parents and the students themselves in relation to their progress is of the utmost importance. This way, you can be sure that your family is looked after and moving constantly forward.
Head of Secondary Learning Support, Nick Wilding says Regents has the facilities and staff to provide students and their families with more than just an education but an advocacy service designed to promote success.
“Our job is to get to know students inside and out. However, we see it of equal importance to get to know each family as well. Only then can we identify the gaps in a pupil’s learning and start to fill them.” – Nick Wilding, Head of Secondary Learning Support.
So how do we do this?
- A 1-to-1 formal assessment to identify what needs attention. This is undertaken immediately, so we can plot a course for the whole year as soon as possible.
- Full transparency; Weekly phone calls home and regular meetings to discuss progress and areas of improvement. This also helps parents synchronize learning methods at home.
- Each student has a learning support assistant assigned specifically to them. All of our assistants are fluent in at least two of the following languages: Thai, English, Mandarin, and Spanish.
- Year-round contact. Although there are only approximately 180 days in the school calendar we stay in touch for the full 365, making sure that each student and their family is making progress.
What makes Regents distinct?
- Our Head of Secondary Learning Support, Nick Wilding, has over 10 years’ experience as a special education needs coordinator (SENCO) and is a qualified education assessor for the British Dyslexic Association, which means all testing can be done onsite, without the burden of travel elsewhere.
- We have partnerships with medical professionals at Bangkok Pattaya International Hospital. This gives us access to individuals with special qualifications able to formulate ways of managing certain behaviors.
- We create a curriculum that is less classroom based and more real-world focused. Mr. Gary Jones has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Outdoor Education and his classes play a massive role in Learning Support at Regents.
- If a student is struggling with a mainstream classroom subject, they are withdrawn and helped on a 1-to-1 or group basis using different techniques better suited to their style of learning.
What options are available?
- Full contact: 10-15 hours of support from learning assistants and teachers. Classroom withdrawal occurs more frequently to provide more targeted learning in specific subjects.
- Half contact: 5-8 hours of support with fewer withdraws from class. This suits a student that has specific learning requirements but does not require full immersion.
- Transitional: This option is for students who are almost ready to return to mainstream classes. Withdraws are less common, but 2-5 hours of learning support with teachers and assistants still occurs to make sure the transition is smooth.