Better mainstreaming for pupils with special needs
Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, Flemish schools can only refer a pupil to the special education system (BuO) if they can demonstrate that they made adequate efforts to mainstream the pupil into normal classes
New decree aims to keep more special needs students in regular education system
Buitengewoon onderwijs, or special education, is for pupils who are mentally disabled or who have learning or behavioural disorders. However, many pupils in special education today could study in the regular education system if they receive the proper assistance. The new measure demands that schools provide “reasonable adjustments”, like software for students with dyslexia. If schools think it is unfeasible to keep the student with the rest of the class, they must provide an extensive explanation as to why. A team of 109 pedagogical experts are on hand to assist the schools in mainstreaming students.
million school-going children in 2013
million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013
percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma