Norwich International School

Learning Supports

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English Learning Support (ELS)

The aim of our provision of ELS is to help students to gain the skills needed to fully engage with mainstream classes. The ELS team are assigned to support in English classes from Year 1 and above, with at least 3 additional classes of support available, if needed, for each Homeroom.
 
Students entering Primary or Secondary are assessed for their level of English in oral language, reading and writing and formal additional support is provided at a cost to the parents if deemed necessary.

Primary (Year 1 to 6) and Secondary (Year 7 to 9)

Support Level

Criteria

Level 1

For students new, or relatively new, to English.

Support is in the form of a minimum of 5 classes of in-class support and of 3 classes of withdrawal during other lessons.

This provision will take the form of individual support or in small groups of children of similar age and/or ability.

Level 2

For students able to have some access to Literacy.

Support is in the form of a minimum of 5 classes of in-class support.

This provision will take the form of individual support or in small groups of children of similar age and/or ability.

Charges are set for a full term in advance

Is ELS compulsory?

As per our Student Admission Policy, for students who are assessed to need it, Yes. 
It is vital that students are proficient in English if they are to succeed at Norwich. Therefore, it is a requirement that if a student is identified as needing ELS, they receive this support until they complete the programme. 

How is ELS need determined?

For students seeking entry into Year 1 or above who do not have English as a first language, an English test is administered by a member of the English Language Support (ELS) staff to determine the ELS needs.
 

All ELS students are assessed at the end of every term. Those who pass their assessment move to the next level. Students who successfully pass the final level will graduate from the ELS programme into mainstream English lessons. 

What if there is SEN and ELS support needed?

Both of these additional provisions are extra on top of standard tuition, as such they are each charged separately.

How much does ELS support cost?

Parents are charged for ELS provision at a rate determined by the Board of Governors. The rates are included in this document, which is updated annually.

How will these additional fees be charged?

The additional fees for ELS will be labelled as Additional Tuition Fee (ELS) on invoices