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Scholastic assistance or educational support offered at the post-primary level aims to help students with varying needs and very different life circumstances. For this reason, scholastic assistance or educational support takes various forms and involves actions ranging from supervised study to therapeutic care for adolescent pupils.
Both general and technical secondary schools may organise scholastic assistance initiatives at several levels:
- help with homework;
- structured learning activities and special classes for students performing poorly at school, with the aim of preventing school exclusion;
- remedial classes following a failed exam;
- therapeutic care for students with emotional or mental health difficulties.
In addition, ‘young adult classes’ are organised for students in technical secondary schools who are performing poorly.
Who is concerned
- Tutoring sessions (help with homework) are available to all students with a need for support in one or more of the main subjects, or who are interested in receiving assistance to perform better in their classroom work.
- Various structured activities as well as special classes are designed for secondary school students experiencing difficulties with learning or behavioural problems, and for this reason at risk of exclusion from school.
- Remedial courses are provided for students in general secondary education as well as for those in technical secondary education who have to re-sit one or more exams, or who are given extra work to do or exercises to repeat during the summer holidays, as well as students who simply want to revise the subjects of the previous year or fill gaps in their understanding.
- "Young adult classes" are for young people under the age of 18 from either general or technical secondary schools, or who have recently arrived from abroad, who are performing poorly at school or need to find a different path for their education.
- The Early Detection and Intervention Service (Service de détection et d'intervention précoce - SDIP) works with school-going adolescents and young adults who are suffering from psychological vulnerabilities (anxiety, depression, various dependencies, etc.).
- Assistance is provided in the classroom by a multidisciplinary team of professionals (comprised of psychologists, psychomotor therapists, educational therapists, specialists in pedagogics, etc.) for students with specific educational needs.
How to proceed
Tutoring sessions / Help with homework
Tutoring sessions offer students the opportunity to ask questions about aspects of the curriculum they have difficulty understanding. Tutors are either teachers or interns specialising in the subject at hand.
These sessions are provided throughout the school year in a flexible manner and may take place either during or outside school hours.
Students register with the Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Service (Service psycho-social et d'accompagnement scolaires - SePAS) for each tutoring arrangement separately by filling in a form available from the school secretary’s office.
Activities and special classes aimed at preventing school exclusion
A secondary school can organise specific activities as well as special classes with the aim of preventing school exclusion. The types of activities and the design of special classes differ from school to school, depending on the needs of their students.
The activities offered may involve:
- supervising and supporting students during class hours, either in their usual class or by way of specific instruction or forms of assistance;
- working with students outside class hours, including during school holidays, notably by offering help to students at home with their school assignments and in preparing for their classes and their classwork;
- monitoring student learning and advancement through personalised actions.
In addition, special classes with hours, content and pedagogical approaches tailored to student needs may be organised so as to:
- group students at the same level academically who are all performing poorly at school;
- bring together students temporarily excluded from their usual classes to address their behavioural or integration problems.
Remedial courses (CePAS)
Programme of remedial courses
Each year, the Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Centre (Centre psycho-social et d’accompagnement scolaires - CePAS) organises free remedial courses during the summer for general and technical secondary school students in Luxembourg City.
These courses are held about 2 weeks before the start of the school year and the date of the re-sit exams (in mid-September). They are offered each year in a different secondary school in Luxembourg City.
In mid-August, the students concerned at all secondary schools are notified by post or in the press of the venues and dates for the remedial courses as well as the subjects to be taught.
The registration form is obtained from the secretary’s office in the student’s usual school and must be returned to the CePAS by post by the end of July (the precise deadline is shown on the registration form). Detailed information on the resit exams and the subjects to be revised must also be included with the form.
Targeted classes / "Young adult classes"
Specific features of "Young adult classes"
"Young adult classes" are held at the Ecole de Commerce et de Gestion (ECG). The aim of the classes is to provide students under the age of 18 who are performing poorly, or need to find a more productive path, with an opportunity to obtain their school-leaving diploma and become active members of society.
These are classes offered during the day and corresponding to the classes of 11e and 12 e of the technical curriculum for the administrative and sales/marketing division. Students may come from:
- general secondary schools (students performing poorly or changing education pathways in classes of 4e, 3e, 2e and 1re);
- technical secondary schools (students performing poorly or changing education pathways in classes of 11e, 12e and 13e);
- foreign secondary schools.
Depending on their level, they may join the classes of 11e or 12e of technical secondary education. If necessary, students may take advantage of individual remedial lessons in subjects not previously studied (3 hours of tutoring per week).
Items to be included with the registration application
Students are admitted based on their applications. In addition to the properly completed registration form for either day classes or night classes, applicants must send the following documents to ECG by post:
- copies of their report cards for the current school year;
- their departure record from the former secondary school;
- a copy of their ID card/passport;
- an identity photo;
- if applicable, a copy of the orientation assessment drawn up at the end of Year 9.
The registration deadline is the same as for all other technical secondary school classes, with the submission of the application by mid-July at the latest.
Students are admitted provided they agree to adhere to a charter: they must sign an "educational agreement" in which they undertake to make every effort to succeed during the school year. After 3 months (and depending on the case, every quarter subsequently), the faculty jury which validated the admission can decide to terminate the agreement, due to poor results, for example.
Early Detection and Intervention Service (SDIP)
In the event of emotional or mental health difficulties, students are guided to the Early Detection and Intervention Service (Service de détection et d’intervention précoces - SDIP) by their schools, subject to the consent of the parents, or the student if no longer a minor. The consultation with the SDIP may also be requested directly by the parents or by the student themselves.
Over the course of the process of assessment and therapeutic care, the SDIP works closely with the Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Service (Service psycho-social et d'accompagnement scolaires - SePAS) of the secondary school attended by the student. The particulars of the support provided by the SDIP and, where applicable, the student’s reintegration in school, are determined in collaboration with the school’s administrative staff.
The SDIP assists the students concerned by offering individually designed therapeutic activities and by initiating psychological care, while allowing the students to continue their scholastic, professional and social activities.
Assistance in class for special-needs students
The student’s parents, or the secondary school, file a request for assistance by the multidisciplinary team with the Medical, Psychological and Pedagogical Commission (Commission médico-psycho-pédagogique nationale - CMPPN). Frequently, assistance has already been arranged since primary school. The continuation of this assistance must be confirmed by the CMPPN when the student advances from the primary to the post-primary level of education.