Student Support Services


Dwane Harris
Student Support Director

Student Support Services 

Student learning experiences at The KAUST School are designed to support all learners so they can “thrive in and contribute to” a complex world.  We embrace learner diversity through the delivery of an inclusive learning program that celebrates and supports the unique learning strengths and the unique learning needs of our students.  Central to this inclusive learning program is an intense focus on wellbeing and mental and physical health. 

We recognize the value of family partnerships in the learning journeys of our students, and commit to actively enhance the learning experiences of our students, through intentional engagement with parents and families at KAUST. 

The TKS Student Support Team aims to enable teachers to feel supported and to be confident in their practice of ADVOCATING for diverse learners.  This will ensure meaningful participation where there is ACCESS for students to become AGENTS of their own learning. 

Student Support includes:  

   _ School Psychology Services

   _ Learning Support 

   _ Comprehensive Counselling 

   _ College Counselling

   _ English Language Learning Services

   _ Speech Language Services  

   _ Talent and Enrichment  

The School Psychology Service

The TKS School Psychology service advises the Admissions Team on the learning and behavior needs of students applying for admission for TKS. The School Psychologist also works with staff to identify learning and behavior needs of current TKS students, and assists in the selection and implementation of appropriate strategies and interventions. This is done via consultation, assessment and direct intervention. As the Designated Safeguarding Lead at TKS, the School Psychologist also provides training on child protection and implements policies and practices to keep students safe, and support professional practice.

Talent and Enrichment 

 Students who require additional challenge and enrichment are identified using  a multifaceted approach.  Identification is made using both formal and informal instruments, and students identified for programming by the Talent and Enrich Coordinator, are supported using a variety of research-based models and strategies e.g. differentiated learning opportunities, enrichment activities, independent study, cluster groupings, mentorships, online programming, acceleration, and curriculum compacting. 

Speech Language Services 

Students who may have communication delays or deficits that are impacting their academic performance, are identified for Speech Language services.   Using evidenced based screenings and assessments, the Speech Language Therapist, provides intervention enabling students to meet academic standards (within their level of ability) by providing functional classroom strategies and/or direct interventions when difficulties are present in the following areas: articulation, voice, fluency and language impairments (e.g. expressive, receptive, pragmatics).‚Äč

Comprehensive Counselling 

TKS delivers a comprehensive, age-appropriate, and culturally sensitive,  social emotional curriculum, that emcompasses skills lessons, as well as the provision of individual and small group counseling, individual and group academic counselling, college counseling, student and family transition support, as well as school programming support. The Counseling Team works collaboratively with all TKS staff to foster an inclusive, holistic and developmentally appropriate school environment that supports the school’s aim of creating a safe and thriving environment, where student’s social, emotional, and physical well-being is nourished.


Learning Support 

Students are identified for  Learning Support services if they meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Score under the 25th percentile on any of the MAP tasks

  • Have a case-managed plan for closing academic gaps by a Learning Support Teacher

  • Identified as requiring specific skill development

In order for the school  to determine the appropriate support, robust data gathering is undertaken followed by in-depth analysis.  These findings are then shared with the Homeroom/Subject Teacher as well as parents and an Intervention Plan is devised to address concerns in a carefully scaffolded manner.

 An Intervention Plan is a planning document for any student who is receiving direct intervention from Learning Support Services. This is a collaborative process that involves discussion between all stakeholders.  The purpose of the Intervention Plan is to:

  • Document a student’s needs to ensure common understanding of his or her learning profile.

  • Determine clear SMART goals.

  • Identify adjustments and/or differentiations.

  • Identify clear roles and responsibilities for teachers, parents, counselors, administrators and students.

  • Review and evaluate progress against goals set.

A typical Intervention Plan may incorporate adjustments and differentiation.  Most of this work is undertaken in the classroom context under the direction of the Homeroom/Subject Teacher.Parent partnerships are highly valued and meetings are scheduled regularly to ensure they are fully informed of progress.

College Counselling
English Language Learning Services

Students identified as new to English, are provided with individualized or small-group instructional support both inside and outside the mainstream classroom.