II gimnazija Maribor counselling service is based on the ‘Zakon o usmerjanju otrok s posebnimi potrebami 58/11 in dopolnitev 40/12 in 90/12’ Policy. Support for students with special needs is built on the practice of inclusive schooling. Implementation of programming for students with special needs occurs within the regular (peer group) classroom.
Our school has two guidance counsellors who work with students having special needs. The head of school is responsible for naming the team of teachers who should create individualised programmes (action plans, classroom attendance and assessment strategies) and monitor the progresses of individual students. The team responsible for individual students: Class teacher (leader of the team), Academic mentor, Counsellor (support), IB DP Coordinator, and the Head of school.
The class teachers are teachers who usually teach the whole class. They are assigned to the class at the beginning of the school year and stay with the students for the period of two years in the IB DP programme. The basic functions of the class teacher are the pedagogical, as well as the organisational and administrative ones. Many times the role of the class teacher is to guide and lead the students through the learning and teaching process. Furthermore, the class teacher cooperates with the parents, organises and runs the meetings, deals with absencies and monitors the progress of the students. They have regular meetings with their students and escort the students to field trips and excursions.
Students who come from other schools than II.gimnazija Maribor are well looked after. Firstly, the FB group is set up by the students, who provide the insight for the students who are going to enrol to our school. As we would like that the students adjust to the new environment quickly and without any further complications academic mentors (Academic parents) are offered to the students once they start schooling at II.gimnazija Maribor. There are two ways of mentorship, the first one being based on teacher – student and the second one on senior student – junior student. The junior class students choose their teacher mentors on the basis of their interests or free time activities.
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION COUNSELLOR
The IB DP coordinator has 2 hour release times per week for guiding and counselling students through the IB DP and post-secondary education. IB DP organises up to 4 meetings with year 11 students and up to 8 meetings with year 12 students. IB DP organises lectures and foreign universities’ presentations such as U Tokyo, NY University Abu Dhabi, IE University Madrid, Universities in Germany, Austria, Graz, Vienna as well as the Netherlands. 10% of our students go on to study abroad and up to 50 % of IB DP students study abroad. An Englishman together with the IB DP organises 4 consecutive lessons when preparing our students for Oxford, Cambridge and NY AD University interviews in November.
BMAT, PAT, STEP exams take place at our school. The school provides support for all the students before leaving the school, not only the IB students.
The school’s counsellor provides information about studying at different universities in Slovenia. Regular meetings are organised as well as detailed instructions on how to fill-in the online applications. Systems such as UCAS and COMMON APPLICATION are introduced as well as others for studying throughout Europe.
The most popular universities where our students are currently studying are: University of Oxford (6 students), University of Cambridge (3 students), St. Andrews (2), Edinburgh University (4), UCL (4 students), IMPERIAL COLLEGE (10 students), Nottingham (2 students), Southampton (1 student), NY Abu Dhabi (10 students), etc.