With the aim of aiding the students’ personal development, we provide more than just training though learning. The teachers also tutor the students, as qualified professionals who are dedicated and committed to their work. They therefore not only transmit knowledge: they serve as a guide and collaborator, helping the students to become the centre of their learning capacity and helping them develop it by using different sources, interpreting and analysing what they discover, finding the answers by themselves and learning through experience.
As well as the teachers, the students’ tutors also meet at the tutoring department to coordinate their work, backed by a team of experts in psychology and educational psychology.
Additionally, the experts in the tutoring group accompany the other teachers as they provide guidance and educational support, and they monitor the students’ learning process.
The monitoring work of the tutors and the educational psychology guidance team is fundamental for helping the students make the right decisions over their school career, both on choosing optional subjects and on deciding the learning curriculum that best suits them as a person and their goals or intentions.
Also, at the secondary and post-secondary stage, both the students and their families have access to external counselling for assessing the professional opportunities that might be of most interest to them, and they can obtain information on the University faculties and Vocational Training courses and their corresponding enrolment procedures.
From Pre-primary to Post-secondary, Lauaxeta’s Tutoring programme is coordinated to cater to both the emotional and academic needs of the students at all ages.
At Pre-primary level there is constant communication with the families, ensuring that all the students’ needs and processes of change are closely monitored.
At Primary level, the tutoring programme guarantees follow-up and close attention to the students, ensuring their development is monitored.
At Secondary and Post-secondary level each class has two tutors to help the students with all the changes and needs they have in their teenage years. Every Secondary and Post-secondary student therefore has a direct reference from a second person who will provide them with guidance, whatever their needs, in addition to having a tutor/coach.
The main aim of Lauaxeta’s Coexistence programme is for the students to feel that the ikastola is a safe place to learn. The students’ emotional wellbeing is vital to their happiness and success, so feeling safe and having a suitable working environment are basic requirements.
The students themselves are responsible for the class committees, the buildings, the various duties, etc. They assume different responsibilities, working to guarantee peaceful coexistence. This gives them first-hand experience, which helps them achieve a higher level of satisfaction and commitment to coexistence.
Guidance and counselling are the means we use to achieve what is known as integral education. This guidance is anticipated and planned in advance, as it is provided by experienced professionals. Complementary and balance-oriented, it aims to cater to the needs we observe in our students. It is a service that favours the students’ diversity and their individual development, with the collaboration of all the different actors: the students themselves, the teachers, the tutor and the families.
This anti-bullying programme was implemented at Lauaxeta in January 2017. The KiVa programme is a model for decreasing the incidence of bullying. It is financed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and was created and developed by the University of Turku. It has been proven that KiVa reduces bullying at the school and improves wellbeing.