Inclusive school «Insight»
Inclusion is normal! This is not about disability, not about diagnoses, not about pity and not charity.
An inclusive social model is an absolute necessity for the natural holistic development of any child.
School « Insight » is one of the projects of the Center for Social Inclusive Programs. We strive to make inclusive culture the norm of life. A healthy society is an inclusive and diverse society. We pay special attention to how children contact each other. The basis of interaction in an inclusive school is empathy.
Our goal is to develop a model of harmonious socialization of children. The first step is to form this society consisting of the most ordinary children and their parents. When we talk about society, we mean school, early development centers, leisure and family. Social life is a holistic process that needs to be taught to children.
Who can become a student of the school?
Any children aged 7-17 years can be our students. We believe that a child is first and foremost a HUMAN BEING.
We work with normotypic children of different ages, as well as with children with special features in health and development, such as:
– Autism spectrum disorder
– Cerebral palsy
– Down syndrome
– Mental retardation
– Post-traumatic syndrome (children from foster families).
Why are we different?
The difficulty of teaching special children in ordinary schools lies in the fact that very often they face bullying, untrained teaching staff, a shortage of teaching assistants who can sufficiently organize an inclusive school process. But all children need social security at school, protection from bullying and alienation, everyone needs teachers with burning eyes, interesting lessons… Difficulties in the educational process for special children are just an indicator of a common problem
An important factor is also the lack of organized inclusive leisure for children.
Why are we different?
At Insight School, the first half of the day is devoted to study, the second to leisure, and children can communicate in a variety of situations.
The Insight School is a model that can later become a social franchise and a unique elaboration of Kazakhstan, which will increase the level of empathy among normotypic children, prevent bullying, suicide, and relieve anxiety.
Modern PBL (problem based learning) technology,
TRIZ – theory of inventive problem solving,
Training of tutors and accompanying parents (unique for Kazakhstan),
Teenage Volunteering program.
Center for Community Education (Bulgaria),
NGO Inclusive Practices (Georgia),
ICD Global Organization (an international association supporting communities around the world)
Questions about the school "Insight"
There are only up to 15 students in each class, including up to 30% of students with special educational needs. Small-sized classrooms provide the most effective educational process.
The learning process in an inclusive classroom is informal, interesting and filled with practical experience, experiments with a research note. Children master the necessary educational program, the teacher, in turn, builds the learning process so that everyone is interested and everyone successfully mastered the content. Each student, certainly is enriched in such an educational process, developing not only his academic intelligence, but also emotional, the ability to empathize and live.
A community is an association of parents with similar values who strive to create a social environment in which everyone has the right and opportunities for holistic development. Working together in the interests of the development of an inclusive and diverse society, parents are realized socially.
A child’s life is holistic, and development is determined not only by the time spent at school or a development center. That is why it is so important that the child is surrounded by people who are ready to help reveal his potential and talent. The most reliable and best support for this can be a well-coordinated parent association cooperating with specialists and teachers. We strive precisely for the family form of work. It’s normal for parents to take part in children’s lives. We train and advise parents on all issues of the development and social path of the family and the child.
If you share our values and desire to create such conditions in which there is no place for negative stress, the natural stages of the child’s development are taken into account, if you are active and open to everything new, we are very much waiting for you! To be included in our community, it is enough to come to a consultation, get to know us and join all forms of our joint activities together with children at any speed!
Our social research and experience show that in fact most schools apply the principles of integration, not inclusion.
Integration in translation means “restoration of the whole”, implies the inclusion of a child with a special educational needs or disability in the educational process (the emphasis is on children with special educational needs attending classes together with normotimic children). In the integrative model, the child is considered as a carrier of a problem, a disadvantage that needs to be compensated in such a way that the child corresponds to the education system. At the same time, there are no changes in the social environment and the norm of relations between people.
Inclusion is a natural and necessary stage in the development of society and the education system. The term “inclusion” means the process of including someone in a group, community, regardless of gender, age, religion, developmental characteristics and health. The idea is that everyone should be able to use the same facilities, participate in the same activities and enjoy the same experiences, including people with disabilities or other adverse conditions, in the interests of the development of the community or group itself. The main thing in the inclusive process is the development of the social environment! Such an environment in which you can exercise your right to be included. The presence of social infrastructure and the norm of empathic attitude to each other solve the question of the possibility of including any person. The environment has to change. Society must develop, then everyone who is included in it inevitably develops. This principle that is implemented in our school, and this is the whole secret of success!
The most important aspect of the educational process is the formation of emotional intelligence and the universal ability to assimilate any material, of course, in an informal setting. This can be learned only in an inclusive environment, since children with developmental disabilities physiologically do not perceive conditional external ways of presenting information
It is also very important that the learning process is not limited to the technical assimilation of content. Education is a process of formation of thinking, familiarization with culture and spirituality… An inclusive class is an ideal base for the formation of a high psychostructural state of a child and preparing him for life in the big world.
To date, there are many studies proving that learning in an inclusive environment is much more effective mainly for normotypical children. All studies without exception (in the USA, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Russia, Brazil, etc.) have proved 100% that the academic performance of normotypic students does not decrease due to inclusion. On the contrary, academic performance among children without disabilities and special educational needs increases by an average of 30%. In an inclusive process, the quality of teaching is significantly improved.
Yes, discounts are provided and this issue is always considered individually, taking into account all the nuances and circumstances of the family and the possibilities of the school.
Yes. This is the professional specifics of our teaching staff. When working in inclusive classes, the educational process is built on an individual route that takes into account the psychological and pedagogical characteristics of children, but they lead students to the same level of mastery of program material. An individual and differentiated approach in the classroom allows you to involve all students without exception in educational activities at the level of their potential.
Yes, a lot of attention is paid to this part of children’s social life. And this is one of the most active and popular areas of school. It is in the process of extracurricular life that one can really learn to be friends, to exercise creativity, ingenuity. And if this is done under the supervision of adults who understand the inclusive process well, success is guaranteed.
There is only one criterion – the parents’ desire to be a member of community, to take an active social position in the child’s development. The “Insight” school is open to all.
The school employs teaching assistants. If the child needs the support of a tutor, this issue is decided individually and always in the best interests of the child.