Growing up is not easy: whatever the difficulties, differences or disabilities, students are entitled to personalised support.

GAIN (Support and Integration Group)

The International French School (Singapore) is one of the few institutions overseas that has a structure dedicated to students with special educational needs. Its aim is to prevent and reduce social and learning difficulties that students may face, by providing specific information and guidance to teachers and parents. Students with disabilities and/or specific learning needs can benefit from the specific support schemes.

Who to contact?

Ifs Gain

  • The school psychologists: Laura Tarsia (TPS-GS), Viviana Gargiulo (CP-CM2) and Benjamin Simsek (6ème-Terminale) provide a space for talking and listening, by conducting individual and confidential meetings with the students and/or parents from Kindergarten to Terminale (grade 12). They assess the needs and demands and may direct to outside partners. They not only intervene when the issue concerns the studies but also when it is about personal matters.
  • The specialised teachers (maîtresses E): Caroline Quignon and Marie-Laure Seweryn from CP to CM2 (grades 1 to 5), Adeline Larose and Aude Berton from 6ème to Terminale (grades 6 to 12) work in groups of 3 or 6, with students who show learning difficulties. Unlike support activities, the specialised educators help to set cognitive strategies for the students, and to support them in the acquisition of skills necessary to perform in school.
  • The learning specialist (maître G): Jean-Charles Vauzelle, works most of the time on one-on-one, with children having difficulties adapting to the school environment and having difficulties becoming « students » and with gifted children. To achieve that, he uses games, drawing, psychomotor skills as mediums to restore or create the desire to learn.


More information:

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