At elementary school, your child may have the benefit of various types of assistance if he/she has specific needs and, for example, has difficulty keeping up with the normal pace of classes. This assistance is tailored to the child's individual needs and learning difficulties. It makes it possible for him/her to participate as much as possible in 'regular' education with his/her classmates.
What support measures are available to help your child?
Different types of assistance may be proposed in order to meet the pupil's specific needs:.
- The class teacher (titulaire de classe) may adapt teaching in the class, in collaboration with the school's educational team.
- The pupil may temporarily attend classes in certain subjects in a different class than his/her usual class (classe d'attache).
- Each learning cycle may be extended to spread over three years rather than the normal two years.
- Reasonable accommodations may be set up. Their aim is to adapt teaching and assessment methods to the pupil's needs. This makes it easier for the pupil to assimilate the subjects taught and do better in assessment tests.
A specialist may offer assistance either in the classroom or a specialised ambulatory intervention at the school during class hours. This is done in collaboration with the class teacher and the entire educational team.
In addition to these measures set up at the school your child attends, there are also measures at the national level. These include registration to attend a special learning workshop, or special schooling in a class at a competence centre, or schooling outside the Grand Duchy.
Who can work with your child?
If, as the parents of a pupil with specific needs, you have any questions about your child's wellbeing and academic progress, you can contact directly the class teacher, or the educational team for the cycle your child is in.
They may direct you to various specialists operating at different levels.
- Specialized teachers for pupils with specific needs (instituteurs spécialisés dans la prise en charge des élèves à besoins spécifiques - I-EBS) are directly allocated to elementary schools. They are the primary contact between the pupil concerned, his/her parents, the class teacher and the other members of the educational team. They may assist the pupil in the classroom, and work closely with the members of the ESEB (see below) and the inclusion commission.
- A support team for pupils with specific needs (équipe de soutien des élèves à besoins spécifiques - ESEB) operates within each of the fifteen directorates for elementary education. The members of the ESEB advise the teachers and may themselves provide ambulatory care at the school in the form of assistance in the classroom. They may draw up an initial diagnosis in collaboration with the teachers concerned, and provide further support to the pupils if the school is not able to do enough. They ensure that the individualised support plan defined for the pupil by the inclusion commission (see below) is being implemented.
- There is an inclusion commission (commission d'inclusion - CI) within each directorate for elementary education. Their mission is to define appropriate support to offer the pupil in the form of an individualised support plan (plan de prise en charge individualisé). The pupil's parents are asked to agree to this individualised support.
- The CI may also assist parents who wish to apply to the national inclusion commission (Commission nationale d’inclusion - CNI) for more specialised care and action in relation to the pupil's needs. Parents may also contact the national inclusion commission (CNI) directly.
Who can you contact?
- The specialized teacher for pupils with specific needs (I-EBS) at your elementary school with the help of the class teacher
- The team supporting pupils with specific needs (ESEB): contact the directorate for primary education
- The inclusion commission (CI): contact the directorate for primary education