At Areteia School, the Psychopedagogy Department is especially relevant, as the department responsible for collecting information about the pupils, evaluating their learning development and their personal characteristics, informing and instructing teachers in the pupils’ patterns of behaviour, collaborating in group training programmes and tutorials, applying educational support programmes and psycho-pedagogical intervention programmes, providing professional guidance for pupils after completing various stages, as well as informing parents.
The Psychopedagogy Department is formed of a group of professionals – psychologists, pedagogists and speech therapists – with extensive experience, who attend to the needs of all the pupils at the school. At each stage or cycle there is a head of department who attends to all the pupils in their charge.
The basis of our methodology is an initial, individualised and personalised psycho-pedagogical evaluation in the first 10 days of the academic year, which helps us to understand the starting point of each pupil in order to then design individualised strategies with the teachers and tutors and create intervention programmes for the specific areas in which our pupils need it most.
We understand that in order to offer individualised attention it is necessary to understand the personal and evolutionary characteristics of their learning style, and for this reason, this initial evaluation is the fundamental pillar of our educational project. This process enables us to understand the capacity and learning situation of each pupil, with regard to the curricular demands of the academic year they are to undertake.
This initial psycho-pedagogical evaluation enables us to guide the pupils in their learning process and fit our teaching methods and procedures to them. It helps the teachers to have objective and interdisciplinary information about the pupils which favours common criteria and strategies. It allows us to form the groups of pupils according to their personal characteristics and curricular level. It also enables us to identify pupils’ specific learning deficiencies. It makes it possible to fit the course planning to the needs identified, and offers parents information about the demands of their child’s academic year.
At different times in the school schedule, which vary according to school level, the pupils take part in psycho-pedagogical intervention or support programmes in Spanish language and Maths in small groups. The aim is to remediate the learning gaps identified in the initial evaluation, facilitate learning of school programmes and contribute to improving the pupils’ knowledge at specific points in the process.
These are specific programmes which contribute to remediating discrepancies which determine learning, aiding the pupils in the development of the deficient learning skills and aptitudes. They are applied to favour intellectual development, reading efficiency, visuomotor coordination and language development. We provide:
Areteia School, in collaboration with the García Moreno Psychology Centre, offers an external clinical psychology service which is supported by the advances of the most recent research. In coordination with the school Psychopedagogy department, their work is focused on treating the symptomatic manifestations of different pathologies, or collateral problems of these, or simply on learning, and management of behaviours, thoughts and emotions which affect both the pupil and their family. Through a cognitive-behavioural approach, different intervention, treatment and monitoring strategies are developed in order to achieve the emotional wellbeing and health of these children. This service is also offered to families outside the school.
“We believe in personalised education because we think that all pupils can learn, though not all in the same way and at the same rate. Discovering the talents and strengths of each pupil is fundamental so that they learn with enthusiasm, motivation and autonomy.”
Luis García Carretero.
Headmaster of Areteia
“We are certain that personalised education should start with a real and profound knowledge of each pupil. Our objective is to understand the pupil, understand their learning style, so that we can look for the help they might need.”
Cecilia de Juana
Teacher and Psychopedagogy Department Co-ordinator
“The teachers at Areteia are a great, united team with the same way of understanding education, but always taking into account the individual differences of each student.”
José Mª López
Technology teacher at Areteia School