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SEN education in Berlin

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Hi. There was a fairly depressing thread on this topic back in 2014 - I just wanted to see if the world has moved on at all. I am in the early stages of exploring a potential job opportunity in Berlin.  However I have a daughter - aged 7 - with Downs Syndrome. She is in a mainstream primary in the UK but with 1-1 support. Has anyone got any kind of positive experiences of managing to achieve an English-language SEN education please, either in public or private settings?

 

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Matt

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Has anyone got any kind of positive experiences of managing to achieve an English-language SEN education please, either in public or private settings?

 

Don't waste your time looking for public options; there is already a massive shortage of qualified teachers in Berlin and the situation is probably going to get much worse before it gets any better.

 

minutes ago, Matttillett said:

I am in the early stages of exploring a potential job opportunity in Berlin.

 

How specialised are your skills? How much of leverage do you have in negotiations? 

 

 

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Hi. Thanks for the quick response. Not sure about the leverage point tbh but it would be an exec level job - if a good private option is there I'd like to at least understand it and the cost so we/my potential employer between us could make a call

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There are a few things you need to understand about the leftist coalition governing Berlin, the most important is that they are focussed on passing ideological legislation without considering the impact. 

 

A few examples: 

 

- the federal government introduced a law guaranteeing kindergarten spots for children over 3. Despite the fact that Berlin was unable to meet its legal obligation to all children who qualified, the coalition decided to extend the right for all children over 1 year. They are still in the process of building new kitas and trying to find/train enough staff to run them.

 

- the children of asylum seekers not only (theoretically) have the right to go to school, school attendance is compulsory for school age children. However, there are not enough spots for all children and many children spend months waiting to get a spot.

 

- the leftist coalition is trying to resettle asylum seekers currently in Greece despite not having sufficient housing for the asylum seekers who are already here.

 

Many ideological projects without the necessary infrastructure.

 

I'm not aware of any official private options, however, that is not to say that you can't find a solution if your prospective employer is willing and able to pull strings or hire someone to provide the additional support your child needs.

 

If I were you I'd first try to see if you can get your prospective employer to find a solution for you. 

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