International School of Bologna

Special Educational Needs

ISB is committed to providing an inclusive education for all its learners and so maximizes opportunities to fully access the curriculum by removing barriers to learning. The International Baccalaureate is an inquiry-based programme that is responsive to learners’ diverse needs and learning styles. All teachers are responsible for meeting the individual needs of their learners and plan accordingly. Class sizes are small, ensuring learners are closely monitored, tasks are differentiated and every learner benefits from small group and individual attention within the classroom.

In addition, the school employs a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to provide information and assist staff and parents in identifying and meeting a learner’s special educational needs. As defined in the school’s SEN Policy, students have Special Educational Needs if they experience difficulty accessing learning which calls for special educational provision to be made. A child will not be considered as having SEN because of difficulties arising from being taught in a non-native language (see ESL and Language Policies). For a small number of students, personalized support may be offered outside the classroom by the SENCo or through collaboration with external agencies.