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Student support

Pedagogical support

There are various forms of support available at FISTA to support the students' learning, schoolwork, and wellbeing. The support is based on a three-tier model, where support intensifies gradually. The tree tiers of support are (1) general support, (2) intensified support, and (3) special support. The student may also get support for advancing their personal strengths.

According to Finnish law, all students have the right to adequate support for learning and growth. This support is guaranteed through the combination of student welfare services, interpreting and assistant services, as well as the general, intensified, and special support. The cooperation between home and school is essential to the growth and learning of the student.

Special needs education
Special needs education provides support for students who have learning difficulties in one or several areas or subjects. Finnish international school of Tampere has six special education teachers (school year 2021-2022): Kristiina Launiala and Satu Laitila in grades 0-3, Elisa Tostlebe and Marja Rantanen in grades 3-6, and Timo Mäkelä and Mari Kaatrasalo-Miranda grades 7-9.

The special education teacher for grades 1-3 meets with every first-grader at the beginning of the first school year. Based on their individual needs and teacher observations, the students can get additional learning support with reading and writing (LuKi), speech, or other special education needs.

Part-time special education is given in one of three ways: two teachers in one class, small-group instruction, or individual lessons.

Learning support for reading and writing (the so-called LuKi opetus) aims at giving students support before any major challenges in learning arise. First and second graders have priority. The students usually take one small-group lesson of reading/writing support per week. Guardians are welcome to observe the lessons.

Student welfare services

Student welfare services provide care and support during the school day and in the everyday routines of the school. It means support for both the school community as well as individual students. Despite their name, the student welfare services provide support for the entire school community including the students, their families, and staff. Guardians are always included in the process. The student welfare services consist of school health services, school social worker, and the school psychologist.

The school psychologist is part of the multiprofessional student welfare services team. The psychologist offers psychological assessment, consultation, and advisory services in the school, and brings psychological knowledge and insight into the planning of students' routines. The school psychologist can help if the student needs support with emotional or developmental challenges, learning difficulties, maintaining attention and focus in school, or communication relationships both at school and at home. The guardians may also get advice on issues related to their student's growth and wellbeing. The psychologist offers assessment, support, and conversation appointments to students. The psychologist can also map the student's learning abilities. Guardians or the student themselves can contact the school psychologist, or the student may be directed to the psychologist via a recommendation from the pedagogical team or class teacher. The support is given in cooperation with guardians, and it's free of charge, and confidential.

FISTA school psychologist is Laura Oksanen. You can also contact Laura via Wilma.

School psychologist Laura Oksanen Tel. +358 50 3078348

The school social worker is an expert in social work, providing the students with support and guidance in schoolwork. The goal of school social work is to support learning, wellbeing and social competences, and to prevent and remove the difficulties in students' social and psychological development. Students can contact the social worker themselves or at the request of their guardians. School staff can also initiate the cooperation with the social worker. The student gets support with behavior, social connections, emotions, family situation, and free time. The school social worker has conversations with the students, and conducts surveys when necessary. The social worker is a part of a network of professionals, working in cooperation with the student's family, school staff, authorities, and other parties. Guardians can contact the school social worker when in need of counselling and guidance related to the life of young people and parenthood.

FISTA school social worker is Kirsi Vanhanen. You can also contact Kirsi via Wilma.

School social worker Kirsi Vanhanen Tel. +358 40 8016814

School health services

School health services in FISTA are provided by a nurse and a doctor. School health services aim to support the students' wellbeing and development in cooperation with families and other professionals in the student welfare services.

Nurse's reception
You can book an appointment with the school nurse or come to the reception without a booking at specific times. The open reception is on Mon-Fri at 10-11.

It is also possible to call at that time in case you want to discuss something related to the student's health, for example growth or developmental problems, weight management, eyesight, hearing, mental health, alcohol and drugs, absences, or other problems in wellbeing or schoolwork.

FISTA school nurse is Lila Oja Tel. 040 806 3177. You can also contact Lila via Wilma message.

School nurse
School nurse Lila Oja

Doctor's appointments
The nurse will direct the students to the doctor based on the issues arising in the health checkups or other nurse visits. In case of treating an illness, please go to your own health center (terveysasema), or in case of an emergency, to Acuta at Tampere University Hospital.

Health checkups
The school nurse invites students to annual health checkups. The checkups may also happen during the summer time. A comprehensive checkup is done on the 1st, 5th, and 8th grades. The comprehensive checkup includes a visit to both nurse and the doctor, and - with the guardian's permission - also a teacher assessment on how the student is doing in school. The comprehensive checkup looks into the wellbeing of the entire family, and many aspects of growth, development, and physical health are discussed - on a level suitable for the student's age.