Intensive Support Programme (ISP)

Intensive Support Programme (ISP)

Intensive Support Programme (ISP) - a two-year individual education plan for students with difficulties in accessing ISV curriculum.

The Intensive Support Programme (ISP) at the ISV grade levels of 2 and 3 are designed to support communities of exceptional students who have communication needs in the English Language that need support to access the ISV curricula.

Access to this support programme is by the decision of the Head of Elementary Office in coordination with the Admissions Office. Both offices will consider if a prospective student’s needs can be met in the programme with the appropriate support offered to allow for progression throughout the student’s school life at ISV.

The ISP team provide tailored education support for at least 50 percent of the school day for students on this programme. The programme is staffed with trained educational specialists that design differentiated lessons, to be delivered with the support of local teaching staff.

It is expected that students in the ISV-ISP will continue to be included in all aspects of school life to promote the learning of English. In most cases, a student's need for ISP support is of a limited time frame as all students are expected to reintegrate into the regular ISV programme. Placement in the programme is reviewed annually. If more support is required after Grade 3, the Shadow Teacher-Assistant Programme may be offered. 

How Does It Work?

The ISP is designed to stretch over two consecutive school years.

In the first year of the ISP:

  • Students will be provided with one assigned ISV-ISP teaching assistant to assist the ISP student build up English proficiency through one-to-one academic support classes, tailored for the ISP student by a fully trained Learning Support Educator.

  • Students who enter the ISP will participate in a range of regular classes including Physical Education (PSPE), Music, Arts, Mathematics and some of the ‘Unit of Inquiry – UOI’ periods. For other periods of the scheduled week, students will receive one-to-one academic support for specific learning areas (e.g. English, ‘Languages other than English - LOTE’, some of the UOI periods).

  • Students on the ISP will be expected to complete extra homework to fulfill the programme.

  • Progress to the next grade will be reviewed at the end of the ISP’s first year.

  • Student may move from the ISP earlier that deemed if progress is dramatic. When ISV deems that a student is no longer in need of additional support, the student will follow the general timetable of their homeroom class group, although other forms of support may be required. 

In the second year of the ISP:

  • If progress is still ongoing and necessary as with the first year on the programme, students on the ISP will continue with the first year’s scheduling. 

  • If an ISP student is progressing faster than expected, he/she may have the opportunity to return to the homeroom as a regular class member. 

  • If a student is not quite ready but is not in need of the full support of the ISP, he/she may enter the homeroom conditionally, with the support of a shadow teacher/ assistant. Please refer to the ‘Shadow TA Guidelines’ for more information on this programme.  

How is this programme tailored to support a child’s individual needs?

The programme is tailored to the ISP student’s learning needs by the ongoing daily assessment collected by the ISP-TA and assessed by the Learning Support Educator. Weekly a new programme is developed and designed for the ISP student to take the student to their next independent steps in learning.   

A family’s reflection on the ISP:

Regina, Grade 2 - 2018- 2019 school year

“We are a family from Mexico and we are very proud and grateful to ISV for welcoming our children, especially my daughter, Regina, who participated in the Intensive Support Programme.  The school demonstrated great commitment and effort, with Regina and ourselves receiving personalized attention during the school year. The results of this programme were surprising, as Regina made great progress in her academic and personal development, met new friends, and above all, she developed a special affection to her support teacher, Ms. Hana, who was always supporting her during her time at school. As well, Regina developed a strong bond with Mr. Denis, her homeroom teacher. My children are developing in a happy environment, with values and with sound academic expectations, so we are happy to be part of the ISV community.”

Read more about the Intensive Support Programme HERE