Secondary : Educational support

The words expressing the essential aims of the European Schools have been sealed in parchment into the foundation stones of all the European Schools:

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

The European School is a multilingual and multicultural environment in which the primacy of a child’s mother tongue is safeguarded wherever possible. The European School offers a single type of general academic education, in which learning conditions become increasingly demanding. This single academic pathway, involving highly cognitive and abstract learning, leads to the award of the European Baccalaureate diploma.

Inclusive Education is the guiding principle of the European Schools, which serve a diverse and mobile pupil population and offers diverse/flexible teaching and learning approaches adapted to children with different learning profiles.

The European Schools work together with the families as from the admission to ensure that the individual needs of every child requiring reasonable accommodation, the provision of support, or challenge are met in order to help them to achieve their full potential.

Differentiation is the planning and execution of teaching and learning for all children in all classes which take account of individual differences in learning style, interest, motivation and aptitude, and reflecting these differences in the classroom.

Different forms and levels of support are provided, designed to ensure appropriate help and equal opportunities for all the pupils, including those having special educational needs, experiencing difficulties at any point in their schooling or gifted ones in order to allow enable them to develop and progress according to their potential.

The types of educational support provided are:

  • General
  • Moderate or
  • Intensive

Support is flexible and varies as a pupil develops and his or her needs change.

The European Schools also offer reasonable accommodations in class or/and special arrangements for the exams. These arrangements are listed and made available to pupils during examinations, tests and other forms of assessment to allow the pupil to fulfil his/her potential in the fairest possible way.

We would like to draw your attention to two important points linked to the organisation of support courses:

  • In the secondary, the support lessons are additional lessons and they are organized during the free periods of the student and his support teacher. Therefore, their number is limited so as not to overload the student and then be counterproductive.
  • the scheduling of support courses is linked to the normal constraints of preparing the school timetable. At the beginning of the school year, the timetable is provisional and changes might occur during the first weeks, most of them during the first three weeks, but some can also take place later. For this reason, although we try our best to close the timetable and thus organise the support courses as quickly as possible, it is unfortunately possible that some support courses might take some weeks to be scheduled.

For more details, please read the following documents: