Learning Development

The Learning Development Department  provides support to 3-18 years old students who:

Have a significant potential in a specific area, ability or skill

Are Gifted and Talented / Academically
able students

Have English as
an additional language


Have special
educational needs


We offer inclusive, individually tailored education that celebrates the successes of all. We plan and undertake teaching based on individuals’ learning. We are committed to all students reaching their full potential to become lifelong independent learners.

At Oporto British School we value the achievements and abilities of every single student.

What do these terms mean?

Students who show or demonstrate natural abilities or aptitudes at levels significantly beyond what might be expected for one’s age, in any domain of human ability. 

A young person might require additional support with English if their linguistic level is not sufficiently strong to enable them fully to access the curriculum. However, EAL support assumes an existing level of competency, and is not provided as additional lessons in order to learn the basics of the English language.

A young person might be described as having special (or additional) needs if they have a learning difficulty or a disability that requires support that is different from or additional to that provided for other students of the same age at OBS.

Students who demonstrate, or show the potential to demonstrate, a high level of understanding and performance across the curriculum. As high achievers, they can work beyond the expectations for their form level. 

How are students supported?

The support provided is tailored to the students’ needs and stages of education (a child in primary will receive more targeted support than a student in secondary or IB as, during these stages of education, independence skills are encouraged and promoted).

These provisions benefit all students, at OBS as teaching becomes inclusive and values diversity. All students experience success as a key component of learning.

Among others, the types of provision include:

If you have any enquiries, please contact Lisa Craig: