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  1. ESF's reluctance in dealing with special needs 'disappointing'

    Posted Jan 12th 2008, 12:00am by Icy Lee

    ... (registered as 'individual needs' students). In the past few months, a group of ESF SEN parents lobbied Legislative Council members for their support for two amendments to the ESF bill, ... representative on the ESF board of governors. For SEN parents, bringing the SEN issue to the forefront carries a great deal of symbolic, if not practical, significance. The two proposed amendments, which ...

  2. Parents win special place on ESF board

    Posted Dec 08th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... committee meeting last Saturday they had agreed the new ordinance governing the ESF should be amended to include a parent representing children with special needs on the board. The ESF (Amendment) ... needs (SEN) at King George V School, said about 10 per cent of ESF students had special needs. 'Their needs are very different from those of mainstream students and mainstream parents know ...

  3. Mailbag

    Posted Oct 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... BRIAN WONG, Hong Kong College of Technology. Fairness means all ESF pupils are represented I applauded legislative councillor Albert Cheng's challenge to the English Schools Foundation at the Bills Committee meeting on October 8 regarding ESF opposition to special educational needs (SEN) representation on the board of governors. He asked the foundation, with only one SEN parent ...

  4. Mailbag

    Posted Dec 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ESF's position on special needs shows it lacks sympathy I refer to your article 'Parents win special place on ESF board' (Education Post, December 8). As a special educational needs (SEN) parent, I write to express my disappointment at the ESF's intransigent stance on SEN parent representation on the board of governors. Despite legislators' agreement ...

  5. Too little, too late

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... or a foreign language at home turn to the fee-charging English Schools Foundation and international, private and non-profit sectors for schooling. The ESF is funded by the Education Bureau (EDB) ... to moderate problems. Children with mild learning difficulties that require minimal teaching and learning adjustment are catered for within mainstream classes in all ESF primary and secondary schools. ...

  6. Marks for effort- but plenty of room for improvement

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... international schools,' Ms Samelson said. 'It's the middle piece that is missing: schools with support to help those kids.' The ESF, which has a policy of comprehensive entry, caters ... needs. 'We have redeveloped the policy framework,' said ESF special needs adviser John Barker. 'We've established a picture of the demand and have a clearer picture of what ...

  7. Children face long waiting lists

    Posted May 30th 2009, 12:00am by Richard Watt

    ... with SEN. According to the Education Bureau and Watchdog, waiting lists are usually up to two years for the 150 learning support-class places in ESF schools. Some of the international schools here, ... with reports and updates on the progress of those programmes. For parents such as Mr Macfarlane, the lack of formal programming and the better facilities offered by international and ESF schools ...

  8. Still many unmet needs for special needs

    Posted Jun 14th 2008, 12:00am by Julie Mcguire

    ... mainstreaming where appropriate. The English Schools Foundation (ESF) continues to be the main providers of primary and secondary support for a wide range of special needs. Its Jockey Club Sarah Roe ... that is designed to enable pupils to have appropriate interventions and access for their needs,' said ESF special needs adviser Jan Martin. 'SEN managers have become consultants working ...

  9. Special needs require special efforts

    Posted Jun 08th 2007, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... for special needs students in order to help them attend ordinary schools later. For these children and their families, the English Schools Foundation (ESF) is the main choice, as most international schools do not have facilities for special needs students. The ESF is taking its role seriously but, again, there are doubts about whether the teaching staff are receiving enough specialist ...

  10. Help for those living in a world of their own

    Posted Jun 16th 2007, 12:00am by Julie Mcguire

    ... mainstreaming.' The English Schools Foundation (ESF) continues to be the main provider of primary and secondary support for a wide range of special needs. It has significantly expanded its provision ... to mainstream schools; allocation of places goes through the central admissions and review panel. The ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School caters for the most seriously disadvantaged. The foundation ...




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