School Counsellors in the Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic, school counsellors play an important and recognised role in the prevention of early school leaving.
All lower and upper secondary schools in the Czech Republic have a school counsellor responsible for the following activities:
- Identification and assessment of pupils whose development and education require special attention; and, preparation of proposals for further care of these pupils.
- Provision or arrangement of special educational needs diagnostics (initial and ongoing) and intervention activities for pupils with special educational needs.
- Creation of conditions for the integration of students with disabilities in the school; coordination of guidance services for these pupils offered by the school and guidance institutions; and, coordination of educational measures for the pupils.
- Guidance related to the choice of profession and individual counselling in this area (in collaboration with the class teacher).
- Guidance for legal representatives with regard to expectations of the pupils (in cooperation with the class teacher).
- Cooperation with guidance institutions and educational care centres in providing guidance services beyond the scope of competence of the school.
The school counsellor identifies possible risks related to early school leaving and offers solutions, either within the school or in cooperation with other institutions, i.e., guidance institutions or social workers.
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