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Support Services

Learning and Wellbeing Support Team

Each student has unique personal, social, emotional and educational needs. ISB works to provide all students with the support they need for successful academic, social, and emotional development throughout their school years.

The Learning and Wellbeing Support Services (LWSS) team includes the School Counselor, the IENS Coordinator, and the ELS Coordinator. LWSS works closely with the School Nurse. This team meets regularly with the Director and the principals to discuss and evaluate the wellbeing and progress of students. 

The LWSS sees communication and collaboration at the heart of what we do, therefore we are proactive in making early contact with students and parents as soon as the need arises. We also encourage students and parents to do the same.

ISB SEL Definition
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing a healthy approach to school, work, and life through self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills. 


At ISB we enable students to

  • Respect themselves, both mentally and physically 
  • Respect others
  • Respect the learning, social, and natural environments


Our goal in doing this is to

  • Maintain positive social relationships
  • Develop emotional intelligence
  • Achieve personal success in school and life    


We do this by

  • Providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes through the International Baccalaureate  programme

Counseling and Wellbeing Services

The school counselor works closely with students, parents and staff so that students can achieve their academic potential in a safe environment.  The school counselor is an advocate for student concerns and has a focus on student well-being.

The school counselor provides personal counseling as well as academic and whole class counseling support. The school counselor is also a resource for parents and teachers.  

Other services provided include:

  • Coordinating and collaborating with Home Room teachers on the Social Emotional Learning programs (SEL) used at the school
  • Child Protection interventions
  • Supporting transitioning students and their families 
  • Informing and advising students and parents in the Upper Secondary school application process.

Individual Educational Needs

At different points throughout school life, students may experience learning challenges or need additional support. The Individual Educational Needs Support  Coordinator (IENS) works closely with both home room and subject teachers to ensure that students of all abilities are catered for. This includes screening students and providing support for those who need additional help or extending.

The IENS Coordinator may provide differentiated support and programs for students in Grades 1-10. Support from the IENS Coordinator can take a number of forms:

  • Collaborative planning with teachers
  • Providing differentiated resources
  • In class support
  • Team teaching
  • Writing and providing Individual Student Support Plans
  • 1:1 programmes

The IENS Coordinator acts as facilitator between the school, Parents and outside services, such as Pedagogisk Psykologisk Tjeneste ( PPT), Pedagogical and Psychological Services and Barn og Ungdoms Psykiatri (BUP), Child and Youth Psychiatric Services.

English Learning Support (ELS)

English is the language of instruction at ISB. Students who come to ISB without fluency in English are given the help necessary to ensure that they can fully benefit from the school programme as quickly as possible. Help given may be in the form of in-class support, special ELS classes with a specialist teacher, an alternative programme in English Language classes, or a combination of the two. While Upper School students are receiving help in ELS, exemption from foreign language classes in French may be considered.

English Language Support (ELS) is offered to all students at ISB who have been recognised as needing additional support in reading, writing or speaking English. 
ELS lessons are organised to address the needs of individuals or groups. The ELS Coordinator and teachers work closely with subject and homeroom teachers to develop individualised learning plans. 

This support may take the form of:

  • Collaborative planning with teachers
  • Planning for individuals or groups of students
  • In class or pull out support
  • Team teaching
  • Providing differentiated language resources

The ELS Coordinator is responsible for assessing and monitoring the progress of students who receive English Language support. Both parents and students are encouraged to contact the ELS Coordinator or teachers if they have questions.