Our efforts at the early childhood stage are towards building strong foundational literacy and numeracy skills in our children. This is predominantly done through hands-on activities, art, music, theatre, dance and outdoor play. Through this process, we aim to identify what each child is drawn towards, what their strengths are and what excites them.
Primary school places a huge focus on consciously building problem-solving skills, social skills and life skills through literacy, numeracy and environmental science. Children are exposed to environmental and gender issues prevalent in the world they live in and are pushed to think of creative solutions for the same with their peers. Through this process, children experience learning in a safe environment that gives them the freedom to express themselves, while respecting the feelings and emotions of their peers. Content delivered caters to children of different intelligences so that every child learns to enjoy learning.
Middle school is a space where the focus is placed on empowering children to start learning on their own. Children are trained to research and present findings, debate and discuss with peers while respecting perspectives, understand problems and implications of their actions and inactions. Here, children actively explore in order to identify what interests and excites them
By the time our children enter high school, they would have narrowed down on their areas of interest and are ready to deepen their understanding of the same. Spaces are created for them to reflect on the alignment of their actions to their interests. Lessons and experiences are facilitated to build self-aware individuals who realise the importance of their role in the community/society they live in. By the time they complete school, children are ready to make informed decisions that guide them in every walk of life.
The vision of Ramana Vidyalaya is to make all classes inclusive. The department is actively working towards identifying children with mild to severe learning difficulties, who do not have grade-level literacy and numeracy skills, and is offering academic and learning support to bridge the gap so that they can be equipped with the self-confidence, values, skills and knowledge needed to fulfil their potential.
The Remedial Department functions with trained special educators and a counsellor who work with children between grades 2-7 extensively, along with the subject teachers. At Ramana Vidyalaya, early identification has always been our prime focus. We strongly believe that it is very important to recognise the difficulty quickly and support the children with effective intervention. This, we are certain, will help fast track their overall development. Keeping this in mind, we proactively look for delays in learning and developmental milestones during their early childhood (Kindergarten). This has helped us identify children who would have needed extra assistance in the later years, at a very early stage, and provide the necessary intervention. We also extend our support to such students by availing concessions on time or subject for their board exams.
The department is mentored and trained by Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA). Trained faculty from MDA work closely with the teachers at RV and help us give the best intervention possible to our children.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that only students with moderate and severe learning difficulties are addressed in the resource room, while students with mild difficulties are catered to in their own classrooms. We believe this can be achieved by empowering all classroom teachers to identify and remediate within the classroom so that true inclusivity can be achieved.
At Ramana Vidyalaya, we believe that teachers and parents are both equal contributors towards the child’s development and progress. Therefore, empowering parents is a part of our remediation process. We take measures to empower them by sharing strategies and activities, which they can use to engage their children after school, and make sure their milestones and goals are met. When teachers and parents work in unison and treat students with abundant support, encouragement and belief, students will certainly be able to grow to be the best versions of themselves.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OPEN SCHOOLING (NIOS)
What is NIOS?
NIOS is an Open School to cater to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. It was designed by CBSE and offers more flexibility for the learners. It is recognised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), as another national level board, just like the CBSE or a State board.
Who is it for?
NIOS is ideal for students who fall under one or more of the following categories to graduate high school by providing flexibility in courses and timings:
Have specific areas of interest outside of mainstream academic options
Excel in one or more areas outside of mainstream academic options
Unable to cope with the rigour of other boards and exam requirements
What is different about NIOS?
How will this work in Ramana Vidyalaya?
Students will have the following benefits:
Academic coaching at RV
The option to explore different subjects other than the regular mainstream subjects.
(Please contact the school regarding the subjects options for the next AY.)
Exposure to other activities done by the school such as Co-academic activities, Physical Education, Career talks, Spectra and other inter and intra-school competitions
Regular tests, exams and PTMs at school
Learning through printed self-instructional material and audio and video programmes
Support in participating in Personal Contact Programme (PCP) organised by the study center
Support in engaging in the Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA)
Subjects supported in the past
Voice of our parents
My daughter took up NIOS after completing till grade 8 in CBSE. Since this shift I have noticed that my daughter has become much more confident as a person. She found the voluminous CBSE syllabus hard to cope with and the rigor of the exams only added on to the pressure. I remember how the fear of exams used to bring her confidence down in her lower grades. NIOS, on the other hand, gave her the freedom to pick subjects of her interest. Though the syllabus in NIOS is as vast as in CBSE, she does not have the pressure of taking all the exams at the same time. The student-teacher ratio is less compared to the CBSE classrooms and hence she receives close attention during class. This has helped her become very confident which has reflected in her overall performance. I would definitely recommend NIOS to other parents and students.
- Ms. Sumathi, Mother of Shagaana, Secondary NIOS
For further details about NIOS, please visit the website here.
For NIOS enquiry, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact + 91 95662 84214 (09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.)