the gvp school Care system
Some students have special educational needs. They may have reading difficulties, for instance. Other students may be very active and not focusing much, they may have attention deficit problems, such as ADD or ADHD. There are still others who have social or emotional issues. The School has the obligation to address these special needs as best as it can. We have a number of trained personnel and teachers who focus on the extra care our students may need. If this care is not possible within our walls we can call on specialized institutions such as the Expertise Center St. Eustatius (ECE) to help us.
The GvP school care system is organised as follows:
- If a teacher realizes that a student has a special educational need, they will speak first to the student.
- If the issue persists, the teacher reports to the Mentor, who in turn will contact the student’s parent or guardian. The Mentor is the Teacher who is especially assigned to a class to take good care of them. The Mentor gives support and encourages students to manage their own learning in order that they may maximize their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the best student they can be.
- Mentors have regular meetings with the department heads and the Internal Guidance officers, so that students with a special need can be discussed with all teachers concerned.
- If then the special need still needs to be addressed, it will be discussed in one of the regular Care Team This small group of specialized people will discuss the issue and will assign the student to one of the persons within the scheme, according to the special educational need.
- If the special need still persists, the Care Team will discuss the issue either with specialists from ECE (Expertise Centre for Educational Care), which specializes in learning problems, CYF (Center for Youth and Family) which specializes in emotional and social problems or MHC (Mental Health Care Foundation) which deals with addictions and other mental health issues. All these institutions may call in help from outside.
- Also, students may be discussed during one of the regular multi-agency meetings. These meetings are between representatives from the various institutions on the island, which are involved in young people’s well being.
- The Care Team meets All mentors meet once a month. Reports from the mentors’ meeting are discussed in the Care Team that follows. If a serious incident with a student occurs, parents are immediately called in and included in every step that is taken.
- The consent of parents has to be obtained regarding referral to a specialized institution.