Special-needs upper-secondary school
Special-needs upper-secondary school is a four-year education for those between the ages of 16 and 20 who have a developmental impairment/intellectual disability or a non-congenital brain injury. The special-needs upper-secondary school consists of national programmes and individual programmes.
National and individual programmes
There are nine national programmes in special-needs upper-secondary school. They are all vocational with the aim of preparing the pupils for a professional life. The programme for aesthetic activities and the programme for social studies, science and languages also prepare for continued studies at folk high school, for example. The national programmes are primarily vocational. A national programme can also be carried out as an upper-secondary apprentice programme, where at least half of the programme takes place at one or more workplaces.
All pupils must also do a special-needs upper-secondary school project, where the pupil shows that he or she can carry out common tasks in the programme’s vocational area.
The individual programmes are for the pupils who cannot follow the instruction at a national programme. Every programme lasts four years and consists of subject areas.
Placement may also be included in the individual programmes.
Application to programmes in special-needs upper-secondary school
An application to a national or individual programme in special-needs upper-secondary school shall be submitted to the home municipality that reviews the application and decides on admission.
Assessment and learning in special-needs upper-secondary school
In school, you continuously receive information on what you have learned in relation to the programme objectives and the teaching objectives.
The teacher, you yourself and other pupils can provide feedback that contributes to you developing forward in your learning. You also have talks with your teacher about what you should do to move further in your studies based on an assessment of what you need and already know. It is important that you yourself obtain an understanding of your own learning and need for development.
Development talks in special-needs upper-secondary school
At least once every semester, you, your teacher and your guardian meet to go through how it is going in school and how you are doing. This is called a development talk. The talk shall provide a picture of your knowledge development and social development.
During the talk, you will discuss how the school can support and stimulate your development and learning. The talk provides you and your guardian an opportunity to influence and take responsibility for your schooling. Here, one takes up your potential need for extra adaptations and special support, among other things.
Assessment and grading in special-needs upper-secondary school
Pupils in national programmes receive grades after every completed course. In each course, there are knowledge requirements that state what you must achieve. Pupils who have attended a national programme or individual programme shall receive a special-needs upper-secondary school certificate after programme completion.
The designations A-E are used as grades. The highest grade is A and the lowest grade is E. Grades are not set in the individual programmes. Instead, your knowledge is assessed according to requirement levels.
Would you like to know more?
Contact the study and career advisers at your school for advice and more information on what programme may be suitable.