In Estonia, teaching students with special educational needs (SEN) is based on the principle of inclusive education. Every child has the right to study at a school near home. To make learning meet capacity and provide an experience of success, it is necessary to support the student according to his or her individual development and needs. Innove offers counseling and methodological support for families, teachers and schools for helping them support students with SEN.
The SEN website (in Estonian) compiles all information about students with special educational needs: teaching, learning materials, projects and events, continuing education courses, related literature, etc.
SEN students, their family members and schools have the opportunity to apply for educational counseling at Innove Rajaleidja Centers.
SEN students are provided with special conditions for performing end-of-grade tests (standard-determining tests and exams). Our principle is that if a student is offered support in the process of learning, he or she should also be offered support in the process of assessing learning outcomes. Cooperating with the school, we strive to be flexible in finding the most suitable way for the student to take the test or exam.
When it comes to students with other home languages, the challenge is learning Estonian quickly and smoothly. Innove creates and compiles information that helps schools teach pupils with other home languages in a thought-through and effective way. Methodology, background information, legislation, learning materials and all other relevant information can be found HERE. Innove leads the language immersion programme in Estonia. Immersion is one of the most effective ways to conduct bilingual education.
In addition, Innove develops and provides learning materials for students with special educational needs. The materials are especially suitable for pupils who study under the simplified curriculum of basic school (simplified or coping studies) However, these materials can be successfully used in regular classrooms with pupils who study under an indidual curriculum, and also with non-Estonian speaking students for language learning and vocabulary building. These learning materials can be downloaded free of charge from the SEN website e-shop. Methodological instructions for teachers for using these learning materials are also available free of charge. For a small fee, it is possible to order these materials on paper. The prices of printed SEN learning materials are the cost prices of the products and all proceeds from the sale are used for developing new SEN learning materials and ordering reprints of the existing ones.