Special educational needs policy
Ressun lukio considers difference and diversity to be qualities that enrich the school community.
To the best of our ability, we try to respond positively to people’s unique needs. We hope to show caring and open-mindedness in the spirit of the IB Learner profile. We encourage students to be open and actively seek advice on these matters.
The student welfare services are organised in each school in Finland and they are mandated by the law. The welfare of the students refers to the physical, mental and social well-being of students. The support services offered aim to support studies and prevent problems at an early stage.
At the start of studies here, new students are asked if there is anything they would like to share with the school regarding possible special needs. Parents, too, are encouraged to contact the school.
The students are assigned to a group teacher/tutor, who will supervise, support and guide them for the length of their studies here. The teacher meets the students assigned to his/her care at regular intervals. The group teachers are the primary link between the school and the home. They also serve as CAS Advisors.
The school has two full-time student counsellors whose task is to guide the students and help them with their problems, both school-related and personal. They both have Master’s degrees, studied Psychology at university and are also fully qualified teachers. Their offices are generally open from 9 am to 3 pm and students can go and see them whenever they need.
The school nurse is available every day. The doctor is available by appointment only.
The school psychologist comes to our school four days a week: the students can make an appointment themselves or the teachers can contact the psychologist if they are concerned about a student.
We share a special needs teacher with another school. Her main task is to help students with different learning problems, for example dyslexia. She meets students in small groups or on an individual basis.
The school social worker advises students with financial or social problems.
The school has a student welfare group, which organizes two types of meetings:
• Regular student welfare group meetings are about the welfare of the whole school, concerned with e.g school structures or school events. The team is multiprofessional, consisting of a deputy principal, student counsellors, the special education teacher, the school nurse, the social worker, the school psychologist, a teacher representative and a student representative.
• Tailored meetings are organised when the topic is the welfare of an individual student. The team is a multiprofessional team, tailored to best suit each case. The student in question is always present.
Students who require special access arrangements must contact the special needs teacher, student counsellor or DP Coordinator to start the process of evaluating their access arrangement needs. If special access arrangements are needed, it is possible and recommended to try out the arrangements during IB studies. Special arrangements requests for final exams (extra time, use of computer etc) must be approved of by the IB organisation, require appropriate medical documentation and must be the student's usual way of working during his/her course of study.