A remedial school is a school which provides an education to learners who experience learning difficulties. They close the gap between what a child should know, and what the child already knows. These remedial schools often work at a slower pace than a mainstream school, and they teach work content in many different ways. Usually, the main focus of these schools is maths and reading, as studies show that these areas are the ones which children struggle with the most.
Remedial schools often have fewer children in each class than what a mainstream school would have. This is to ensure that each child receives more individual attention, and provides less distraction than what a bigger class would. The smaller classes also ensure that each child’s individual weaknesses are targeted directly, and close attention can be given to those areas of difficulty.
The work content in a remedial school curriculum is broken down into more steps so that the work is more understandable to the learners who are being taught. The teachers use different methods of teaching in order to capture the attention of the learners, and to make the work content more relatable. An example of this would be using different textured items (playdough, shaving cream, etc) to spell out words. This is a fun activity for the children, and it stimulates their different senses all while learning how to spell. A lot of time is spent away from a desk, and learning is done in a more natural way.
Some remedial schools also offer supplementary therapy sessions, such as occupational therapy, remedial therapy or play therapy, to the children during school hours. The purpose of these therapy sessions are to work on any non-academic struggles the child may have that could be affecting their ability to learn. For example, a child with ADHD may have sensory issues which cause them to become distracted easily in a classroom and not focus on the task at hand. They may need to attend occupational therapy sessions as a way to satiate those sensory needs, as well as to learn methods of keeping themselves satiated in the classroom. An example would be a child who fidgets a lot with their clothes or pencil case could be given a discreet fidget toy that they can fidget with under the table so that they do not cause a distraction to other children.
A remedial school is a great option to consider for your child if he/she is having difficulty with learning and needs to be taught at a slower pace or needs more individual attention.