Our work in inclusion
The aim of Inclusion is the unrestricted participation in life and learning situations of the general school, including disability-specific requirements.
Inclusion for hearing-impaired pupils includes all types of schools: Primary school, Hauptschule, Realschule, Sekundarschule and Gesamtschule, Gymnasium and Berufskolleg. It is mostly a one-to-one integration of hearing impaired pupils in the general school.
The tasks of inclusion teachers include
- Individual support (in class, as individual support or in small groups) in the sense of reducing stress and providing help to help oneself
- Counselling (of pupils, parents, teachers) in the sense of creating understanding and cooperation
- Cooperation with all persons and institutions involved in the support (teachers, head teachers, speech therapists, acousticians, ENT doctors) in the sense of creating understanding and building co-operation.
We special needs teachers at the Münsterlandschule regularly exchange ideas in the specialist conference "Common Learning". In addition, we are members of the working group "GL with hearing-impaired children, NRW". This state-wide networking creates transparency and optimises professional cooperation across regional borders.
Special educational support for hearing-impaired pupils within the framework of Inclusion is provided by a teacher from the Münsterlandschule in our catchment area. The amount of time depends on the individual need for support.
The application for the determination of special educational needs can be made at any time during the school career by the parents/guardians or the general school.
We also provide information about the legal basis for this procedure and the formal procedures in our consultation office. These are written down in the "Ausbildungsordnung sonderpädagogische Förderung" (AOSF) of the Ministry of Education.
The responsible school supervisory authority decides on the basis of a joint report, which is prepared by a teacher from the Münsterland School and a teacher from the general school, on the need for special educational support, the focal points of support and the possible places of support.
When we teachers from the Münsterlandschule come to your school, it is something new for everyone involved. We get to know each other and "learning together" over time:
- We learn with you in class or with you alone in individual support and find individual strategies for you that make learning easier.
- In the consultation with your teachers and parents, we talk about how they can be good learning partners for you on your learning pathways.
- In cooperation, e.g. with your acoustician and ENT doctor, we try to get the best out of your hearing situation together with you.
In the Inclusion at the schools where you live, you are often in a "special situation" - rarely your classmates also wear hearing aids or a CI.
Therefore, once a year, we teachers working in Inclusion invite you to spend a school day together with other hearing-impaired pupils at the Münsterland School (Pupils' Meeting).
At the Münsterland School we can learn from each other, be creative and sporty and have fun together.
So that parents and siblings, your best friend and your best friend also get to know other families in the inclusion, we spend an afternoon together once a year at a selected location (meeting day).
You will be excused from classes to attend the meetings. Your parents organise the trip and use the time to exchange ideas with other parents.
We offer these meeting days for different classes: Class 1 - 3 and Class 4 - 6. A meeting for the older pupils will be planned if needed.
The individual integration of hearing-impaired pupils in Inclusion at the local schools often creates a "special situation" for you as parents or guardians.
Once a year, the team "Inclusion" therefore invites you as parents and guardians to a parents' evening at the Münsterland School. Here we inform you about our work, offer changing impulse lectures or give you the space and opportunity to exchange ideas with other interested parents and report on your experiences.
Occasionally, we also invite speakers.
At your local school, you are faced with the challenge of integrating hearing-impaired pupils. A teacher from the Münsterlandschule is available to advise you and offer the hearing-impaired pupil targeted individual support.
We would be pleased if you would make use of our advice and inform us about class conferences and team meetings, which we are happy to attend if possible. Especially at the beginning of the school year, there is often a great need for information from the subject teachers about the learning requirements and communicative needs of hearing-impaired pupils. These cooperative discussions usually form the basis for the agreement of the disadvantage compensation and for the individual support plan.
Training and exchange offers
Every year in autumn, the "Inclusion" team invites you as teachers from the general schools to the "Open Day" at the Münsterland School.
Following the observation phase, the Inclusion-team offers you further training on the topic of "Hearing Impaired Pupils in Inclusion". The focus of the training modules can be more complex topics such as compensation for disadvantages, support planning, dealing with hearing technology / communication aids in the classroom. Occasionally, we also invite speakers.
Compensation for disadvantages (NTA)
Compensation for disadvantages includes all aspects that enable hearing-impaired pupils (with a disability/impairment - even without an identified special educational need) to participate in joint teaching.
This ranges from material equipment to the organisation of lessons and the preparation of learning content to modified performance assessments.
Compensation for disadvantages does not mean that hearing-impaired pupils are expected to perform less or that their performance is generally better than that of their peers.
The aim should be that the hearing-impaired person can acquire learning content without barriers and can demonstrate acquired competences without barriers. Even if the impression is that the pupil has no problems following the lessons, etc., a compensation for disadvantages should be determined. It cannot be ruled out that with appropriate compensation for disadvantages, performance and opportunities will improve even further.
Every person with an impairment is entitled to disadvantage compensation.
"No one may be disadvantaged or favoured because of his or her sex, descent, race, language, home and origin, faith, religious or political views. No one may be disadvantaged because of his or her disability." Grundgesetz Article 3 (3)