Special Education Needs Policy
Beliefs/Philosophy At Lansdowne IB World School difference and diversity are
central to an effective learning program. All students receive
equitable access to the curriculum through inclusively engaging
in the learning environment. Teachers strive to identify the
learning styles of all children and apply appropriate strategies to
all learners. Through collaborative teaching approaches,
teachers enhance the motivation to learn from multiple
perspectives, which leads to positive outcomes for all students.
Individual differences in students are seen not as problems to be
fixed but as opportunities for enriched learning.
Inclusion Exceptional children at Lansdowne are taught through both
inclusive and pullout approaches. Teachers of exceptional
children meet on a regular basis with classroom teachers to
ensure that the learning needs of the exceptional child are being
met. Every effort is made to ensure that both teachers integrate
the learning needs of the child with the information in the IB
planner, the learner profiles, attitudes, and key concepts as well
as the essential skills.
Differentiation At Lansdowne differentiation is an ongoing practice. Teachers
work to identify student strengths in order to effectively meet
the learner’s needs. Student progress is continuously reviewed
through formative and summative assessments as well as daily
Best Practice Teachers and administrators highly value current best practices
in teaching and learning. Focus on the IB Learner Profile and the
attitudes are part of the everyday curriculum. Teachers focus on
social skills by participating in the Bucket Filler program, an
incentive program initiated by the school counselor.