Special Education Needs & Disability

The British International School regards itself as a caring learning community.

As such, class teachers, form tutors and senior managers all play an important role in the support of students with special educational needs and disabilities.

We believe that a balanced education will be inclusive.

To this end, our philosophy is to support and celebrate the diversity of learning needs across the school community. We endeavour, wherever possible and practical, to accommodate students with special learning and physical needs, so that they can achieve their full potential, whilst celebrating their personal strengths.

The British International School of Stavanger is wheelchair friendly.

The school has an individual approach to each student, meeting the needs of fast and slow learners in the same classroom. There is an environment of diversity and inclusiveness.
Overview of Provision

Provision can take the form of additional teaching for English as an Additional Language (EAL), teaching intervention for mild to moderate special educational needs and support for disability (SEND). Specialist teachers and teacher assistants work together to support academic, behavioural, social and emotional development.

Support will range from consultations with teachers, parents, external consultants and observations, to individual and group intervention.

Support is offered at three distinct levels:

  • Level 1: Monitoring, observation, testing, evidence gathering.
  • Level 2: Intervention - time-limited support delivered individually or in small groups.
  • Level 3: Intervention plus - referral to external specialists to assist in the understanding of the student need, leading to school serving the student need more effectively.

Please note as a private school operating in Norway the Education Act 2:12 does not allow students to access the support services normally available to SEND students in local schools. Where a student has significant needs requiring the intervention of external consultants and, or part/full-time classroom support, parents will have to meet the cost of this provision and/or, seek additional financial support from their employer.


The goal of learning support is to meet the needs of students appropriately. Where a student has a recognised condition at the time of admission the school will require parents to supply specialist reports and the results of diagnostic screening, in order to determine the level of support required and whether or not the school can provide that support.

As part of the admission process, prospective SEND students may also be invited for an interview and/or have the opportunity to experience a trial day in the school.