Building confidence

Building Confidence to Raise the British School of Bucharest Students' Achievements

We have all experienced moments in which performing well was critical to achieving our goals, whether it was a test, a presentation or a job interview. The relationship between confidence and performance is something most of us inherently understand.

The British School of Bucharest understands how important it is for pupils to be comfortable and confident in a learning environment, particularly in a multicultural international environment. Valuing diversity and difference is a fundamental aspect of becoming more internationally minded. 

We are an English international school, and we think of our campus as a 'part of Britain sitting in the capital of Romania'. The children benefit greatly from this 'British feel' and total immersion approach, which stretches from the classroom to the sports field and everywhere in between.

The assistance we provide is specially designed to help pupils perform and feel better. It includes sit-in support during lessons, one-to-one support, after-school support and small group work. 

The support our students receive makes them: 

  • Able to perform under pressure and live up to their potential in those make-or-break moments that play a major role in determining success.

  • Respond better to setbacks and better understand that academic success depends, in part, on how students perform on their day-in, day-out track record

  • Able to take risks and step outside their comfort zone by leaving familiar territory and trying new experiences, broadening their perspective, enhancing their skills and uncovering strengths or interests. 

One of the central roles of higher education is to present students with new experiences. There are many ways our teachers help raise the British School of Bucharest students' achievements by building their confidence. 

You can read more about our approach and the different programs implemented at BSB specially tailored to build confidence in our students in the sections below. 

Study skills are a range of approaches to learning that improve your ability to study and retain and recall information.

We teach study skills to every pupil. These are mainly conducted by the Class Teacher in Primary or the Form Tutor in Secondary. Our approach to study skills is to teach the British School of Bucharest pupils how to learn in a personalised and subject-specific way, taking into account the following elements: 

• Organisation 

• Time Management

• Learning Styles

• Reading with a purpose

• Active participation in class

• Note-taking

• Metacognition

• Twenty-first-century skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving skills 

• Technology - use of the internet 

For example, for students studying a language, we may teach techniques for learning vocabulary, while in the humanities, we may help students structure an essay effectively.

As Year 10 and 11 students approach their IGCSE/GCSE examinations, we provide further study skills advice, covering revision techniques within PHSCE lessons and in conjunction with their Form Tutor.

Learning support is another critical component of an effective learning environment. It focuses on what the teacher or instructor can or should do to help learners beyond the formal delivery of content or skills development, especially for the pupils that experience difficulty in academic areas. 

The proper learning support can make a big difference to a student's performance, whether it's a one-off session or ongoing support.

For any pupil experiencing difficulty with organisation or study skills, we can provide lessons with our qualified and experienced Learning Support team to develop their confidence and approach to learning. 

Although our Learning Support team are not able to provide highly specialised and intensive support, they can support pupils with mild dyslexia and other learning difficulties through one-to-one sessions and specific individual arrangements, such as extra time in examinations. 

While helping to enhance a student's performance in areas of difficulty, we can also arrange for pupils to be assessed for dyslexia and other learning difficulties. 

We encourage parents who are considering the British School of Bucharest for a child with known learning disabilities or special educational needs to discuss those needs with our Admissions Manager before registering. We will ask for reports from educational psychologists or medical personnel, as appropriate.

Rest assured that the British School of Bucharest teachers are experienced and familiar with effective modern teaching methods.

The fundamental objective of the SEN Department at the British School of Bucharest is to provide the support framework for students requiring assistance with their learning.

The SEN Department reflects the school aims of valuing everyone equally and providing opportunities for all students to:

  • fulfil their potential

  • develop confidence and self-esteem

  • enjoy and value learning

  • establish personal responsibility and respect

The SEN Department supports students with:

  • learning difficulties

  • medical issues

  • behavioural and emotional difficulties

Together with an Educational Psychologist, the SEN Department helps provide specially tailored classes for pupils with behavioural, emotional and social development needs. Such expertise provides teachers and parents with necessary guidelines to support these students inside and outside of the classroom and provide individual counselling sessions for both students and parents if required.

Concerning other cognition and learning needs, our SEN Department provides teachers with guidance to adapt their lessons to specific needs and individual support guidelines by developing Individual Educational Plans followed by regular review. 

This type of support takes place as often as possible via in-class support rather than withdrawing students from their lessons. We also liaise with external agencies such as speech therapists for communication and interaction needs.

There are several targeted support sessions within Primary and Secondary throughout the school year, and assessments of students are made regularly. 

The SEN Department organises access arrangements with external examination boards to provide students with appropriate support at this time, whether to provide extra time in examinations, a reader, a scribe or other provision based on the student's needs.

In some cases, the school has developed a parallel syllabus for students whose needs were more specific to continue mainstream schooling and provide them with an adapted curriculum. The school is unable, however, to meet the needs of students with:

  • Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) – significant intellectual or cognitive impairments; mobility, communication, perception or coordination difficulties

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD) – physical disabilities or sensory impairment

We encourage parents who are considering the British School of Bucharest for a child with special educational needs to discuss those needs with our Admissions Manager before registering. We will ask for reports from educational psychologists or medical personnel, as appropriate.

Assessment and Reporting are integral parts of the teaching and learning program at the British School of Bucharest. Both processes are designed to foster partnerships between parents and teachers to support student's learning and progress. 

The essential purpose of our assessments and reports is to support students' learning by providing information to students and parents about student achievement and progress and to indicate areas for further development. 

For Primary children, reports are completed twice a year by the Class and Subject Teachers. These not only describe progress and effort but also set targets for future learning.

Assessments are how we gather information about progress in a student's learning. They can take multiple forms and include tests, observations, peer discussions, work samples, presentations/performances and projects.

Students receive four-grade card reports each year and comprehensive written reports in December and June in Secondary years. The briefer half-termly grade card report includes grades for achievement and attitudes to learning.

We arrange several evenings during the academic year to provide parents with the opportunity to meet teachers and discuss their child's progress and development.

In addition, parents are welcome to meet with teachers at any time throughout the year for discussions. All they have to do is make an appointment through the School Office.

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