Taunton School International Principal featured in international student wellbeing article

Posted: 11th May 2021

TSI Adrian Hallworth

Taunton School International Principal Adrian Hallworth has been featured alongside top school leaders in an article discussing the importance of supporting international students who may not be ready for a main stream independent school.

The article, called ‘We can’t just tell international students to sink or swim’, is published on Independent School Management Plus and explores the ways schools like Taunton School support international students who need extra help to improve their English skills and with settling into life in the UK.

The article is particularly poignant during Mental Health Awareness Week, which is being acknowledged in the UK from 10 May 2021 – Sun, 16 May 2021.

Topics explored in the piece include the overall contribution international students have on a school community, the challenges schools have faced during and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the importance of ensuring all students’ safety and wellbeing.

Mr Hallworth explains the system at Taunton School, which operates a triage system for international students who apply to join: Those who have a high level of English when they arrive move straight into our senior and prep schools. Those who need extra help to improve their English skills and with settling into life in the UK will spend time in our international schools where the staff to student ratio is one to three and we provide wraparound pastoral care.

“I am not a fan of the “sink or swim” approach to education because no child should be put in the position where they might sink. International students deserve better than this and so they need to have a more bespoke package of support when they first arrive. The extent of this package will be based on their age, their talents and their future targets/ambitions, but most importantly of all we need to consider their level of English,” adds Mr Hallworth in the piece.

Read the full article online here.

Learn more about studying at Taunton School here.

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