STUDENT DEVELOPMENT TEAM
BeliefEvery Child Matters
Promoting a whole school approach in providing for student development and well-being of all students
Year Heads and Assistant Year Heads look into the alignment of level directions with the school’s vision. They ensure the structured
curricula/programmes promote the development and well-being of all students.
The YHs/AYHs advocate for the needs of the students and work closely with the relevant Middle Managers in their planning and implementation of programmes ensuring that they address the needs of students in the respective levels. The YHs/ AYHs also provide input/feedback in the review of level programmes and strategies to ensure that they are progressive and that there is coherence across the years.
Engagement of Parents to Support the Pupils
In our continuous efforts to foster
strong, meaningful partnership and promote Home-School collaboration, the SDT
organised the Meet-The-Parent sessions and Parent-Child-Teacher-Conference.
During the teacher-parent conferences, parents are updated on the holistic development and well-being of their child in school and opportunities are provided for them to share their concerns of their child with the teachers. Parents are provided with useful tips and practical information on how they can further support their children at home. Parents are also updated on the special programmes which have been organised for the various levels to support their children’s holistic education.
Through their attendance, the support shown by the parents is heartening and feedback is favourable. The session clearly shows the close partnership that exists between the school and the parent community in order to support the learning of the children.
From 2020 to 2022 (Term1), the Parents Engagement Sessions have been carried out via Webinar or Zoom. During the Parents Engagement sessions for P1, P2, P3, P5 and P6 in Term 1 2022, the school shared key programmes and activities which support the holistic development of the students with parents. With the easing of Safe Management Measures, we are resuming face-to-face Meet-The-Parent session in Term 2, 2022.
An engaging session to share the progress and performance of the pupil. (Before COVID)
The classroom provides a conducive environment for the conference.
A teacher sharing some strategies with a parent to support his child’s learning at home.
Parents having a meaningful conference with the Mother Tongue teachers in the school hall.
Promoting Holistic Development of the Students
The YHs/ AYHs conduct conversations with FTs, Co-FTs, level teachers during SDT Time/TTT. During the conversations, Roles & Responsibilities of FTs & Co-FTs are communicated. The weekly conversation with the teachers in the level during TTT helps in having a common understanding of the programmes to be carried out for students (e.g. Student Leadership Programme). This helps the students as the programmes carried out are standardized. The SDT also supports and guides the teachers in Teacher-Student conferences effectively.
A structured SDT Time with FTs and Co-FTs is also set up to promote culture of care (for the class and the level) through discussion of student well-being and development matters once a term. Quantitative data is analysed to identify and understand the needs & concerns of the level. (The sources of data include Students’ financial records, Students’ attendance, Students’ conduct grades, Discipline records and Students’ academic progress.)
YHs and AYHs worked with Discipline HOD to monitor the state of discipline in the level and proposed improvement plans. YH/AYH worked with Discipline HOD to manage discipline issues and communicated with parents when needed.
Support and Intervention for Students with Specific Needs
The SDT works closely with FTs, AEDs, relevant MMs to monitor student’s data and identify specific groups of students who require additional support. There is a structured approach in referring students for counselling, monitoring of students with Long Term Absenteeism (LTA) and students with specific educational needs.
There is a synergised approach aimed at managing specific groups of students in the levels. Supports and interventions are provided for students with special educational needs (SEN). There are special programme such as Speech and Language Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy and RSVP Mentoring etc. to supports students with SEN.
The school also works closely with external agencies to support students in various areas like finance, family issues e.g. Child Protection Unit, MSF, FSC, REACH etc. We also work closely with SSWO to support students with LTA.
Support for Students with Financial Needs
The Year Heads look into providing additional support for students with financial needs. Students in the MOE and School-based Financial Assistance Scheme are provided with free school shoes/socks, stationery sets, spectacles, digital oral thermometers, meal and transport vouchers. The students are also given support to apply for free internet-ready computers under the NEU-PC Plus Programme. Families of selected FAS students are provided further support by referring them to FSC to cater to their financial needs.
The School applies the SPH Pocket Money Fund for all FAS students who qualified as well as any other external bursaries available such as Sembcorp SchoolBag Grant.
Competencies for Teachers
To increase the competencies of teachers for their role in student development, the SDT also looks into capacity building of the teachers. The goal is to develop level teachers professionally as teacher-leaders in the area of student development. Workshops are organised to equip teachers with skills to better prepare them in managing students with SEN. Some workshops that are organised include Supporting Students with Sensory Needs and Sector Specific Screening Guide.