“No two individuals are alike” – a perennial saying but one which is often easily forgotten.
As educators, we sometimes tend to fit the child in the curriculum rather than making the curriculum suit the child’s needs. As pointed out by Ignacio Estrada “If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” The Student Support Department (SSD) Department of Father Agnel School was set up with this aim. Providing an inclusive environment for learning to students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and to those needing social and behavioral counselling. SSD at Fr. Agnel acts as a full-fledged support system, catering to the needs of students who are slow learners, and students diagnosed with Learning Disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and student having special needs.
At Fr. Agnel School, we are committed to rendering a safe and secure learning atmosphere to facilitate our children to develop skills that will help them in being caring, self-sufficient and accountable global citizens. We strive to instill in our children values of compassion, accountability, humility and the passion for believing in their dreams.
Fr. Agnel School nourishes talents in the performing arts, visual arts, sports, therapies, vocational training, and academics. We provide a platform for young minds to explore themselves and make future choices. Our dedicated team of teachers supports children through their challenges and help children reach their optimal potential. We believe in "No child being left behind" and work with determination to achieve this aim.
The support happens in various phases that include in-class support, remedial, support during prep and preparation for exams. In-class support helps them to deal with the curriculum demands of the class, while the remedial classes focus on reinforcing concepts, developing language skills (reading and writing), memory skills, mathematical concepts, study skills, science concepts and organizational skills. Students are regularly counseled, motivated and encouraged to perform better. We use different strategies and techniques keeping in mind both the student’s strengths and weaknesses. The strategies are both child centered and child friendly.
Our team looks after the special needs of all the students from Primary to Senior School, often helping in a wide variety of areas like academics, social, emotional and psychological growth, counseling, settling into the dorms and strengthening peer relations.
Parents and guardians play a key role in the emotional, social, and academic development of a student with learning difficulties. Every effort is made to work in close collaboration with them at every stage. Fr. Agnel firmly believes in developing a strong partnership with parents and enables pupils with disabilities to achieve their highest potential through this partnership.
Empowerment and Sensitization of teachers is also very crucial in an inclusive set up like Fr. Agnel School. We achieve this through regular strategies, review and sensitization meetings, discussions and observation sessions. Overall, we use customized teaching techniques which make a big difference to the students.