The European School Munich offers Educational Support to pupils with special educational needs as part of its “whole school approach”. Its aim is to ensure that all pupils can develop their potential in a positive learning environment.
Each pupil has different needs that first must be identified. We look at each child as an individual and see the parents' contribution as an essential component in supporting the child.
The European School Munich does not offer a fully inclusive education system. This means that there may be occasions where despite the school´s best efforts, continuing education in the European School is not in the best interest of the child.
Special educational support measures can only be granted on application. The detailed rules can be found in the document "Internal Guidelines for Parents".
The European School Munich has implemented different measures and tools in line with the official provisions of the European Schools to meet the educational needs of its students:
Early intervention in Kindergarten and early school years can mean for example assessment and support by a speech therapist and regular observation of the school psychologist. It is a multi-disciplinary process that may involve Triparitite Agreements (see below).
Differentiated teaching and learning is the primary strategy to which every teacher at our school is committed to. It considers that students have different learning styles, knowledge of languages and different educational backgrounds. It means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Teachers can differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment. This benefits everyone, not only students that require support or students that show special talents.
General support is offered to students who experience difficulties in a particular aspect or need to catch up, for example due to late arrival at the school or due to prolonged illness. The support is given in small groups. It is given both inside and outside the classroom for Kindergarten and Primary School and during the student’s free periods in Secondary School.
Moderate Support is medium-term support for students with mild learning difficulties. In Kindergarten this form of support is for example given to children who lack motor skills or whose oral language isn’t developed appropriate to their age. In Primary School and Secondary School this form of support is usually reserved for pupils with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia. It is organized in small groups.
Intensive Support Type A is offered to a pupil with a severe learning difficulty. It can only be granted after a meeting of the Support Advisory Group. The pupil needs to have an up-to-date medical and/or psychological assessment. It can include a range of multidisciplinary measures that need to be evaluated for each case individually.
Intensive Support Type B is short term support for pupils without assessed special educational needs. It is mainly seen used for intensive language support for students who are new at the school and without prior access to their language section. Additional to support in school parents can be expected to organise additional support outside of the school.
Special Arrangements are intended to allow a student access to the curriculum, not to compensate for lack of skills. They can only be authorised when they clearly relate to the student’s diagnosed physical or psychological need. For example, this may mean extra time on a test for a pupil whose pace of work is affected by his or her condition. From S1 to S5 the school management may grant a special arrangement. During the BAC cycle (S6 and S7) most of the arrangements are granted by the Board of Inspectors. Parents must submit an official application by the 15th of September when the student is in S5.
Tripartite Agreements are offered to parents of pupils in need of therapy or para-medical Auxiliary staff. The school can provide rooms, the therapy itself is organised and paid for by parents.
Programs for gifted and talented students are organized for highly motivated students in so called “Challenge Programmes” in Primary and Secondary School.
Detailed information on the pedagogical support structure of the European School Munich can be found below in the document "Internal Guidelines for Parents".
If you have any questions regarding educational support, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant person: