Inclusive & SEN Schools in Singapore

Which specialist and mainstream international schools offer the very best SEN, differentiated or inclusive education for children aged three to 18 years?
Inclusive & SEN Schools in Singapore
By Carli Allan
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Dover Court International School

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Curriculum: National Curriculum for England
Enrolment: Nursery to Year 13
Number of students: 1,400 across both the mainstream and learning pathway programmes
Fees: $40,065 (Early Years, Pathways 2) -$45,210 (Year 13, Pathway 3)
Facilities: Art sensory room and therapy suite
Admission criteria: School assessment by team of specialists
Teacher-student ratios: 2:8 and 3:8 in Pathways 3 and 4

Dover Court is an inclusive international British school that has a reputation for supporting children with special needs both within and alongside its mainstream programme. This Nord Anglia school’s very well-established Learning Pathway programme offers four distinct pathways tailored to student’s individual abilities from as young as three up to 18 years (Nursery to Year 13).

The level of support changes according to the needs of the child in each pathway, and teaching throughout is closely aligned to the National Curriculum for England. The school is well-equipped to support students with offers therapy services including speech, language, and physiotherapy; there are facilities such as an art sensory room and therapy suite; and teachers have training and experience in areas including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties.

Around 10% of the student body receive support in Pathways 3 and 4 where the teacher to student ratio is 2:8 and 3:8 respectively; it’s low enough to offer a very tailored and individualised curriculum to those students who need it. As students move into the secondary school, the ASDAN curriculum focuses on developing life skills such as teamwork, communication and employability skills.

It’s been an inclusive school since it first opened in Singapore in 1972, and the focus has always been on carefully structured integration and twinning opportunities for students that differentiates it from a SEN school. All students will students play, eat and socialise together, but for those students who struggle in social situations, there are quiet zones.

Students with additional learning needs are ‘buddied’ up with mainstream students to help build friendships, and students may join mainstream classes in specialist non-academic subjects such as music, PE and IT.

Read the full review of Dover Court here.

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