Educational Support

Teaching and learning in Kindergarten
The early years of a pupil's life are one of rapid growth and development. Good quality early years education and care broaden pupil's learning and social and emotional experience by giving them a sense of belonging and supporting them to become confident and secure, eager and enthusiastic learners. In the European School Munich the emphasis is on the holistic development of the pupil. Young pupils are active and experienced learners with natural curiosity, resilience and a lot of enthusiasm. Special educational needs are an all-encompassing term that reflects diversity in pupil's learning and developmental profiles. These areas are not clear cut and there is diversity within each group.

Specifically it refers to pupil's characteristics that can be grouped into 4 categories:

  1. Cognitive and learning difficulties
  2. Emotional, behavioural and social difficulties
  3. Communication and interaction difficulties
  4. Sensory and/or physical difficulties

It is widely accepted that the earlier learning difficulties are identified the more likely it is for parents and educators to minimize their impact on young pupil's learning and social-emotional development. At the European School Munich the emphasis is placed on early intervention. Fundamental to this approach is a solid understanding of the need for a multi-sensory approach that is structured, cumulative, sequential and where necessary repetitive to circumvent the issues in memory and learning. Multi-sensory approach implies that the learning environment should accommodate visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning preferences. This form of teaching is crucial as it will accommodate all the different modalities of learning.

Educational support in the Kindergarten is divided into pedagogical and psychological support. It is implemented by the support teachers working in consultation with the class teachers, the parents of the child and when necessary with the Kindergarten coordinator, the support coordinator and on specific occasions with the school's psychologist and/or Deputy Director.

Differentiated Teaching
Differentiation is the planning and execution of teaching and learning for all pupils in all classes which take account of individual differences in learning style, interest, motivation and aptitude, and reflect these differences in the classroom. Differentiation forms the basis of effective teaching. It is essential for all pupils including those pupils requiring support. Differentiated teaching aimed at meeting all the pupils' needs is the responsibility of every teacher working in the European school Munich and must be common classroom practice. Levels of Educational SupportDifferentiation is in general applied and but on the rare occasion when differentiation in the classroom is not sufficient, the European schools provide a range of support structures. All forms of educational support should be considered as flexible and progressive since, they are based on meeting the pupils' needs, which may vary over time. It is possible for a pupil to benefit from several different levels of support at the same time.

For detailed information, please refer to the document "Internal Guidelines for parents", which you will find below.

Area-specific Educational Support