Learning Support - Everyone included!

The page below will act as the LS Blog - providing information about events or interesting articles the staff have come across. If you have any questions or concerns then please contact the Learning Support Department.

Week beginning 16/1/2017

Week beginning 16/1/2017

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We have been looking at different ways to support the differing needs of our students and a website that we have found with lots of useful tips is the NASEN site: 25 ways to support students with ADHD 
This site has been shared with our staff to help them to think about how they construct their learning environments to help all children - a low stimulus environment is important to reduce distraction and help focus for students with ADHD.

Week beginning 27/11/2016

This site has some great resources for both parents and practitioners. In Term 3, our Speech and Language Therapist will be using some of the resources to look at how well we support language development at TBS; such as the Communication Friendly environment checklist - here.

Week beginning 7/11/2016

A new site, sponsored by The National Autistic Society, that links professionals who work in the field of Autism as well as discusses up to date articles and findings. This article is interesting: ADHD maybe over-diagnosed in children with Autism.
Also, in the news this week, a review of ADHD Nation by Alan Shwarz - we will order this book for the school library. An analysis of the links between pharmaceutical companies and the apparent prevalence of this condition - looks like a very interesting read!

Week beginning 2/11/2016

Following on from our recent training from Eva Cartwright, a recent article in the Guardian highlighting a study by the Education Endowment Foundation on how schools use their TA's (Learning Support at TBS) effectively. The article makes interesting reading especially how it has become less popular in UK schools to use TA's for intervention groups - rather TA's spend as much time with students as possible. Read the full article here:  Teachers and TA's: How to create the perfect partnership

Week beginning 27/10/2016

Welcome back after the Dashain break - I hope you all had a relaxing time! 
TBS has happily appointed two new members to our support team:

Photo on 24-10-2016 at 10.44 #2.jpgMs Sophia Groom, who is a qualified Counsellor and has worked in Medical Centres and Youth Centres in the UK since qualifying in 2007. She has worked with both adults and children and is available to the students for support with issues such as self-esteem, low mood, depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, bullying, self-harm, anger management and issues around any kind of abuse.  

Sophia also has over 12 years experience of mindfulness training and will bring this to her work at the school.  Mindfulness is an invaluable tool for helping us get in touch with and process our emotional world;

Ms Andrea Young who is also a qualified counsellor and parenting therapist.

She is familiar with Nepal having lived here before and is familiar with some of the issues experienced by families in a cross cultural setting. Andrea has extensive experience working with children and young people in both Primary and Secondary schools.

Before training as a therapist she worked in the UK CAMHS (Child and Mental Health Services) with families with parenting difficulties, helping them to have positive relationships with their children.

Sophia will be available to our students from Monday to Friday while Andrea will be available on Wednesdays only. Please contact the Head of Learning Support, Daniel Swift, if you have any further questions.

Recently in the British press there have been updates to our expanding knowledge of the Autism Spectrum(AS):

The BBC site - here - talks about the positive impact of training parents of children with AS to become 'super parents'. A study published in the Lancet journal showed that the percentage of children diagnosed with AS, whose parents received this program of enhanced support from professionals, went down. Although the authors stress that this method does not deliver a cure as many of the symptoms associated with AS will remain, they call the results 'extraordinary'.

The Guardian site - here - also reports on the same study echoing the positive message for families that early intervention and increased training for parents offer an excellent, non-intensive or invasive treatment for the symptoms of Autism.

Week beginning 3/10/2016

Following on from the successful training for our support and teaching staff, some of members of our team will begin studying for their Diploma for International Teaching Assistants - DITA. This will be done online through the TA College in the UK. The staff who complete this enhanced training will have greater responsibilities within the Learning Support department and will be designated as Higher Level Learning Supports - HLLS.

Week beginning 26/9/2016

The Early Childhood Education Centre are running a course this week on Inclusive Education - if you wish to participate or for more information please see below for contact details:

Dates: Monday, October 3rd - Friday, October 7th

Times: 9:30 - 3:30 p.m. each day. Participants will get two 15 minute tea breaks and a 30 minute break for lunch.  They will need to bring their own lunch in order to keep with the time constraints.

Cost: 6,000 rps./person 
(Note: This is a limited time offer at this price as our course prices will increase after the Tihar holiday)

Next Steps: Call ECEC reception at 014479076 to register for the course if you are interested. We are capping the class at 20-25 participants and expect a full course so register soon!  

Week beginning 11/9/2016

Eva Cartwright from the TA College in the UK will be in school all week delivering training to all put staff. The purpose of the training is to help develop stronger links within the school to build on our existing great practise!

Week beginning 15/8/2016

Welcome Back!!

We hope you have all had a wonderful Summer break and are now looking forward to the new year. 

This week we will be celebrating the Olympic's throughout the school culminating in an assembly on Friday. Please see your class pages for details - a link to these can be found on the school Newsletter.

Week beginning 13/6/2016

Kathmandu Inclusion Network met this week to discuss next steps in supporting Inclusion in Kathmandu schools. We have set dates for workshops next term and will share them with all the schools in our network. Have a look at our Google Community page set up by Lizzy Neiger at KISC: Kathmandu Inclusion Network

Attached below is the link to a short video clip on sensory overload that children with Autism Spectrum(AS) might experience in a typical setting. The video is from a wonderful website -the National Autistic Society - NAS:

Further information about AS can be found on the NAS website: http://www.autism.org.uk/

Week beginning 12/5/2016

Welcome back to Term 4!

Mr Timsena from our Learning Support Team has found the following links that we think you may find useful:

This article makes us aware on the fact that sometimes children with ASD exhibit challenging behaviour to seek attention (even yelling and scolding) from adults or peers. For detailed information, please visit Autism Speaks official PDF file at

Understanding childern with Autism and the underlying purpose of their behaviour is daunting and frustrating at times. This site from NAS UK helps us to understand ASD kids and the purpose of their behaviour. The anecdotes from parents, individuals with ASD and Temple Grandin helps us better understand the reason behind these challenging behaviour.
Link for the site: 

Week beginning 25/4/2016

A great article from Teachingenglish.org.uk that discusses how young children acquire their L2 and what parents and teachers can do to support them:

'Whatever the age, when children learn a second language they develop skills that will help to create opportunities in their future.'

Another great resource from the same website - a series of nine videos that explore the different ways that teachers can support the development of reading and writing skills in L2 learners: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/teaching-reading-writing

Week beginning 18/4/2016
Below are two Padlets completed by Secondary students detailing some of the things that they have been finding out about Autism:

Many great comments - well done students and teachers!

Week beginning 4/4/2016

This week the whole school will be working on developing the awareness of Autism; students will be participating in a range of exciting activities to raise their understanding of this important condition. We will share some of the work done on this website at the ned of the week.

Amber Hohensee from the Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) has forwarded information about an exciting course that they will be delivering for teachers and support staff - please contact them directly if you wish to attend - be quick as spaces are limited!

Week beginning 14/3/2016

The British Dyslexia Association is offering a series of webinars in April, May and June - more details can be found here: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/webinars


This week is the very first School's Autism Awareness Week - 14th - 18th March. 

This will be followed on the 2nd April by World Autism Awareness Week. The British School will be participating in this second event from the 5th April to the 8th April - the first week after the Easter break. 

Students and teachers from Early Years right through to Year 10 will be learning about the Autism Spectrum through a range of fun, exciting and imaginative activities. 
Look out for Tweets throughout the week!

Week beginning 22/2/2016

We are happy to share information for the following course on Autism being offered by Autism Care Nepal.

The course is available for school teachers and will run for two weeks and will cover many aspects of Autism as well as good practice in the area of Special Educational Needs.

Please contact them directly if you are interested in attending.

Week beginning 15/2/2016

Many staff are currently halfway through their online training course - Professional Practices for English Language Teaching - delivered by experts in the field with the British Council. Follow this link for some excellent resources - TeachingEnglish

Week beginning 31/1/2016

Inclusion Network Meeting! Thank you to all those who could attend this first network meeting to discuss Inclusion and to receive workshops on different aspects of Special Educational Needs. Hopefully, this will be the first of regular meetings around Kathmandu offering an opportunity for staff development and training.
Attendees participating in a music therapy session!    Dr Sunita presenting on the current state of                                                                                                           Inclusion in Nepal

If your school would be interested in attending or hosting future events then please contact dswift@tbs.edu.np

Week beginning 18/1/2016

Discovered this amazing website to support students with understanding their maths at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level - 
you will have to register to access the videos! 

Hope you find it useful!

Week beginning 11/1/2016

Upcoming Event:  Saturday 30th January 2016 from 12.30pm - 4.00pm: TBS Inclusion Network
Schools from around Kathmandu will attend this exciting new Network to share best practice and attend a series of workshops. Speakers will include: Dr Sunitra from Autism Care Nepal; Phillipa Munday from KISC; Nicole Griffiths, TBS School Counsellor; Elizabeth Aynsley-Smith, TBS Speech and Language Therapist; Daniel Swift, TBS Head of Learning Support.
Hopefully, this will be the first of many such Networks - if you wish to attend please contact: Dswift@tbs.edu.np 

Happy New Year and welcome back everyone!

Have a look at the free online training courses at FutureLearn.com
This  course looks very good - The Right to Education  
Does Education for All, mean all? 
What are the barriers to participating in education? 
How do you include “all” in the classroom?

Evidence for Learning: A fantastic new APP that we are currently trialling to record the learning journeys of our students - hopefully it will be a fantastic addition to our other assessment tools!

4 Steps to first class EAL teaching

We have been reading an article in the TES (Times Educational Supplement) about good practice for students with EAL. The article was written by Hamish Chalmers, a doctoral researcher from Oxford Brookes University, and suggests 4 Steps to first class EAL teaching:

1. Get to know your learners - first step to providing appropriate support is an understanding of what knowledge they have already - gathering information about the educational background of EAL students is really important in giving teachers an understanding of the level of learning they already have in their first language. Equally, an understanding of the languages spoken at home is crucial in monitoring their first language progress and their level of literacy in this language.

2. Don't differentiate down - Once their strengths have been identified in step 1, plan activities that allow them to showcase them! Give them the support to allow them to meet the expectations of the class where appropriate. Assuming their isn't an SEN aspect, EAL learners should access material if scaffolded appropriately - research concepts in their home language; provide sentence starters; writing frames; graphic organisers; pre-teach vocabulary.

3. Monitor progress frequently - EAL learners when given correct support will need less support as time goes by, unlike SEN students who may always need some level of support. The rate of progress of EAL students is not constant; they can often make big gains in a short period of time followed by periods of consolidation. Conversely, there maybe long periods of silence and seemingly little progress followed by sudden big gains! Often their overall language profile will be uneven - strengths in listening and understanding but weak reading and writing - teachers should be prepared to assess their understanding in different ways to allow them to showcase what they know and understand.

4. Use appropriate assessments - As above, often EAL learners will have a greater understanding of concepts then they may be able to explain through their writing or speaking. Assessment needs to be individualised to their profile, for example a student who is a strong listener but poor reader can be supported by an LSA reading to them. If they are a stronger writer in their home language then allow them to write their answers in both languages and translate afterwards.

Hope you find this useful!

Week beginning 14/12/2015

First planning meeting for the Learning Support Workshops which will be running on Saturday 30th January 2016. 
From left to right: Phillipa Munday (KISC); Anna Joshi -Van Eck (Luniva); Nicole Grifiths (TBS - School Counsellor); Daniel Swift (TBS - HoLS); Dr Sunita Amatya (ACN); Elizabeth Aynsley Smith (TBS - SALT).

Week beginning 7/12/2015

Therapy Street for Kids is a great website with lots of information about Occupational Therapy - ideas for activities to help your child to develop their fine and gross motor skills, to improve their co-ordination and balance as well as handwriting.

 Fabulous website giving information about the stages of language development in students and young adults. Includes information for EAL students as well as lots of resources to help parents support their children at home.

Week beginning 16/11/2015

ACNS has arranged a one day seminar on Understanding Autism for parents/carers and experts in the field of Autism from Sweden will be making the presentation. This will take place on the 
21st November at the Hotel Yellow Pagoda. If you would like to go then follow the link - here. Places are limited and applications need to be completed by the 18th November. 

Week beginning 12/10/2015

There is no evidence that autism is any more common today than in previous generations 

Staff training on Inclusion - responses given to the questions:

Week beginning 5/10/2015

A fascinating book outlining in detail the evolution of Autism and its treatments. Beginning with the eugenics movement of pre-World War 1 Europe and US, to the work of Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner through to the debates around Inclusion and the myriad treatments available! Silberman made his name in Autism research through a previous article on AS among technicians in Silicon Valley - Wired.  Anyone with an interest in Autism will find this book a stimulating read, although at times also a difficult one as it charts the often depressing history of such a prevalent condition.

To combat the stigma and isolation so often experienced by children with autism and their families, Sesame Street is embarking on a nation-wide initiative, “See Amazing in All Children.”

Dyslexia Awareness week 5th October to 11th October - The theme for 2015 is 'Making Sense of Dyslexia' and will look at how much of an impact the right support and interventions now can have on the future for people with dyslexia:
For more information go to - LINK - or ask the LS team.