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What is special needs comprehensive school?

Special needs comprehensive school is intended to provide pupils with intellectual disabilities an education adapted to each pupil’s circumstances. This education is to impart knowledge and values, contribute to personal development and a sense of community, and provide a good foundation for active participation in society. Special needs comprehensive school comprises education by subject or subject area, or a combination of the two. The education can also include subjects as specified in comprehensive school syllabi.

Training School focuses on children in special needs comprehensive school This is intended for pupils who are unable to manage all or parts of the education by subject. Training school replaces individual subjects with five subject areas.

Who attends special needs comprehensive school?

Special needs comprehensive school exists as an alternative to comprehensive school for children with intellectual disabilities.

What do the activities include?

Special needs comprehensive school is intended to provide pupils with intellectual disabilities an education adapted to each pupil’s circumstances. This education is to impart knowledge and values, contribute to personal development and a sense of community, and provide a good foundation for active participation in society. Special needs comprehensive school comprises education by subject or subject area, or a combination of the two. The education can also include subjects as specified in comprehensive school syllabi.

Training School focuses on children in special needs comprehensive school This is intended for pupils who are unable to manage all or parts of the education by subject. Training school replaces individual subjects with five subject areas.

  • aesthetic activities
  • communication
  • motor activity
  • everyday activities
  • perception of reality

How are grades awarded?

At the end of special needs comprehensive school, pupils are given a certificate for the education they have completed. If a pupil or their guardian requests it, the certificate can be supplemented with a general study assessment. This assessment must be of the pupil’s capacity for pursuing studies.

If a pupil or their guardian requests it, grades can be awarded in special needs comprehensive school subjects at the end of each term, from Year 6 until the autumn term of Year 9, and when a subject has been completed.

A five-point grading scale is used (A, B, C, D and E). A is the highest grade and E is the lowest. If the pupil does not fulfil the requirements for an E, no grade is awarded. No grades are awarded for training school.

Progress discussions
At least once every term, the pupil, the teacher and the pupil’s guardian meet to discuss how things are going at school and if the pupil is happy there. This is known as a progress discussion, and is intended to provide an all-round picture of the pupil’s learning and social development.

The discussion is to cover how the school can support and stimulate the pupil’s development, and gives the pupil and guardian an opportunity to influence the pupil’s education. 

As an outcome of the discussion, an individual development plan is to be written for those pupils who are not graded. This plan is to include assessments and a forward-looking plan.