Frequently asked questions and our answers
How do you work with gifted children?
We have very gifted children in our classes and we work with them individually, just like with any other pupil. This is part of our school philosophy. We try to make sure that everyone develops according to their own potential. It is quite common that not all the pupils in the classroom do the same activity at the same time, which allows children at different levels to continue learning according to their needs.
When a child tends to fail something, e.g. when learning to write, how do you work with him/her?
The school has the Support and Counselling Centre, which can provide individual support to a child in case of one's difficulties, even in online format. Furthermore, teachers work in tandems in our classes so it is not a problem to work with a child individually while the other teacher works with the whole group. If necessary, teacher sometimes also work one to one with a child during individual sessions.
What do you do when someone is not feeling well at school, cries, says someone hurts them?
We have team meetings every week to discuss life in the classrooms. We try to monitor how the children feel, how they cooperate, what their positions in the classroom and in the school are. Any signs of discomfort are dealt with immediately. If necessary we communicate with parents in this sense. We also listen to them if they have registered anything unpleasant in relation to the school at home. We immediately try to look for solution plans. We work with the children individually or plan activities for the whole class. It is one of our starting points that only children who feel safe and in good spirits at school can learn.
How well prepared are pupils for further study, e.g. at eight-year comprehensive school? How are the teaching methods and learning content compatible with "traditional" learning?
We founded the school to teach children more than other schools, but of course their readiness for further study will be individual. As we are a school registered by the Ministry of Education, thus we are obliged to follow the National Curriculum. We just try to fulfil it in a way that children comprehend and learn more efficiently. However, the compatibility with "traditional" learning cannot be seen in all aspects of learning: our children do not know grading, long sessions spend passively behind their desks, or frontal teaching. Instead, they will know how to solve problems and think in context.