Learning Enhancement

Learning Enhancement at HAIS

Our Learning Enhancement programme aims to meet the needs of all students and ensure that they are taught in a way that they learn best. A range of strategies and resources will be used throughout the school to enhance their learning experiences, create successful learners and build the foundations for life long learning.

Many students experience challenges as they move through school which could hinder their progress. We want to identify these challenges early and work together to overcome them.  These challenges could be in relation to Language acquisition, Academic skills, Social and Emotional needs or being Gifted and Talented.

Our Learning Enhancement Coordinator

Ms Helen Trethewey is an experienced international educator and qualified specialist teacher and assessor. She understands the needs of students with a wide range of Learning differences. She works closely with our academic staff to ensure that all students are provided with learning opportunities that suit them. As well as providing Individual support and Small group interventions to enable all students to access the curriculum and develop their skills for life and learning.

Her involvement may also include classroom observations and informal assessments. She works collaboratively with parents to understand students fully and provide advice on effective strategies and resources that can be used in the classroom, support sessions and at home.

English as An Additional Language

Each student’s English language ability will be assessed during the admissions process to identify their level of English acquisition and knowledge. Those identified as requiring additional support will be provided with skilled individual support at the required level.

Academic Skills

A range of support is available to allow all our students to progress academically, this includes differentiation within class, small group interventions and individual support.  However, some students may require a higher level of support which would be provided by a parent funded 1:1 assistant appointed by the school. Please contact the school for more information on this.

Social and Emotional Support

We care about the whole child and consider social and emotional well-being to be an important of part of school life. Our teachers discuss emotional health in an age appropriate manner and help students to develop a range of strategies for self-regulation. Some children may require specialist support in this area and the school is happy to facilitate support sessions with a suitable professional.

Gifted and Talented

HAIS provides a range of exciting extension activities for those who are gifted and talented both within the school day and as part of the ECA programme. We want students to be passionate about their abilities and have a chance to shine. This will include international competitions like Primary Maths Challenge which provides challenging maths questions that will stretch the most able mathematicians in school. This year we will begin our Tournament of Minds ECA which will provide students the opportunity to work with other students across the school to solve complex problems and devise ways present their ideas creatively. Over time we will compete against other schools in Vietnam and internationally.

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Helen Trethewey

Learning Enhancement Coordinator & Grade 4-5 Teacher

Name: Helen Trethewey
HAIS Teaching Roles: Learning Enhancement 
Years of Teaching Experience: 25+
Degree & Certifications: B.A. in Education with Second Class Honours,  Dyslexia Awareness,  Differentiation in Practice

Helen has been teaching for 26 years and has worked internationally for 17 years in Brussels, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Helen specialises in supporting students with Learning differences like Dyslexia and providing a challenge for Gifted and Talented students. Helen is a qualified specialist teacher and assessor, recognised by the British Dyslexia Association. 

Under the HAIS Continuing Professional Development programme, Helen completed professional development training in Accelerate Progress with Metacognition, EAL for Classroom Teachers, and Differentiation in Practice. She also facilitated training in Dyslexia Awareness and Questioning for Challenge.

Helen became a teacher because she wanted all children to be understood for who they are and be enabled to do their best. She believes that education should be child-centred and allow all children to believe in themselves, regardless of their ability. 

Fun Fact: She loves to travel and take photographs of nature, people and architecture.