Norwegian schoolsystem and Hetland videregående skole
Education in Norway Mandatory for all children aged 6 - 16• Primary school (Barneskole, grades 1 – 7, age 6 – 13)• Lower Secondary School (Ungdomsskole, grades 8 – 10, age 13 – 16)• Upper Secondary School and training (Videregående skole, grades Vg1 – Vg3, age 16 -19)
• Upper secondary education and training is normally provided with 3 years in school or with 2 years in school and 2 years in-service training at a training establishment.
1997 – reforms changed the education of Deaf pupils in Norway• The Norwegian Ministry of Education did not use a medical definition, but a linguistic one. By using Norwegian Sign Language (NSL), one is defined as Deaf.• The reforms resulted in a new Norwegian Act for Deaf pupils in primary schools, in lower secondary schools and in the upper secondary school and training .
Norwegian Education Act for Deaf pupils in upper secondary education• Section 3-9. Sign language instruction in upper secondary education• Young people who have sign language as their first language or who, following expert assessment, need such instruction, have the right to choose upper secondary education and training in and through the medium of sign language in a sign language environment or the right to use a sign language interpreter in ordinary upper secondary schools.
School for specialization in general studiesThe first year is called Vg1, and all pupils join the same program.The following two years pupils choose:1. Natural science and mathematics2. Languages, social sciences and economics.Vocational Education Programme1. Programme for Media and Communication It is possible for pupils who have finished their vocational education at Vg1 and Vg2 to take Vg3 supplementary programme for general university admissions certification. Pupils, who successfully complete Vg1, Vg2 and Vg3 at Hetland videregående skole achieve general university admissions certification
• The government or local education authority fund all provisions and services to deaf pupils and their parents. Training in sign language for parents of deaf and heavily hearing impaired children started in 1996. The training program ”Se mitt språk” is a module based program over 40 weeks for the parents of deaf and heavily hearing impaired children aged 0- 16.
• In most subjects Deaf pupils follow the ordinaryNational Curriculum for Knowledge Promotion.• There are however, three syllabuses especially designed for the bilingual education of Deaf pupils.
Hetland videregående skole A junction - school• Provide teaching in sign language• Provide teaching in accordance with the subject curriculum for:• Norwegian sign language• Norwegian for the deaf and severely hard of hearing• English for the deaf and severely hard of hearing