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Getting to know each child’s journey: personalised learning at NACIS

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The road of life twists and turns, and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.


— Don Williams, Jr.

 

As Mr. Williams says about the road of life, no two directions on the road of education are ever the same. At NACIS, we understand that the academic and pastoral needs of every student are different and therefore, how we teach should be reflective of these different needs and responsive to change.

 

We ensure that all children thrive at NACIS, through a unique personalised learning approach to make sure that students’ progress academically and socially according to their specific needs. There are a few ways in which we do this:

 

Our school has small class sizes and a low student-teacher ratio, which provide our teachers the opportunity to focus more closely on student’s individual needs. In Primary, there are two dedicated teachers in each classroom – one national and one international native English speaker – who work together to develop bilingual lessons that are tailored to the different abilities in the class.

 

All NACIS students are assessed when they arrive using the CAT4 suite of tests. This gives us an accurate baseline that we can then compare a child’s progress against. We do this through regular assessment in all subjects. This information is shared with parents every few weeks so parents also share our confidence that their child is making great progress.

 

Primary English Teacher:

'Recently, we studied the topic around the life of Anne Frank. Our students  when studying the features of the text approached this through differentiated activities. Our more-able students were given challenges to stretch their use of language and to develop their skills of inference and deduction, whilst our students who required support for their English language focused on the language and understanding of the text.  '

 

While we get to know our students personally to understand their needs, we also use a rich set of student data to determine which students need to be more challenged or may require additional support. For exceptional students who need to be stretched academically we have launched a Most Able Programme.

 

One example is the Bilingual Book Writers Project we run through our Global Campus portal as part of our Most Able Programme. Students plan, write, create and publish a bilingual children’s book, creating an actual product that can be used in NACIs or other schools.

We are proud that 100% of NACIS graduates secure a place in their first-choice university, which reflects our academic quality as well as the expert advice from our University and Guidance counsellors.

 

International Higher Education Counselor

Tiffany Corbatt

 

Over the years, I have served as an admissions officer for many well-known overseas universities and as an application reader for the University of California, Berkeley. Therefore, I have a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of major overseas universities for NACIS students.

 

My colleagues and I collaborate with each other to bring our expertise in university counselling together to benefit NACIS students and provide personalised guidance services. We also have a common goal of advising students in discovering their best fit university.