Sweden

Academic Hospital School in Uppsala (Sweden)

We are 11 teachers/specialteachers and one director in three units. Some of us are special teachers.

  1. Somatic hospital (children’s hospital)
  2. Psychiatric hospital ward. (acute ward)
  3. Regional Rehabilitation ward. (physical and neurology)

School children in hospital, are protected by the Swedish law of school, and should be provided education by hospital teachers. The teachers are employed by the municipality with economic support by the Swedish government.

In the big national hospitals, often connected to a university, there´s always a hospital school. We have in Sweden a national association with about 120 associated members. Every second year between a HOPE-conference we have our national conference.

The teachers within our group have different specializations. Our aim is to be able to meet all children´s needs and provide a similar education as far as possible. We have two separate classrooms, one for older and one for younger kids, naturally we teach in the wards, as well. For kids with complicated disease and long treatment the hospitalschool is important for improving results and hopefully, you don’t need to restart your time in school.IMG_0080 (1) IMG_1123 IMG_1140 (2)

Hospital Teachers in Umeå (Sweden)

Presentation at the HOPE-conference in Vienna 2016 of the Schoolsupport-documents produced at The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation

Background

Thanks to The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation teachers at the Swedish pediatric oncology centers have had the opportunity to start a network.

We meet twice a year and at times we coordinate our meetings with consultant nurses and braintumour nurses.

The network was formed in 2003.Our meetings are valuable opportunities (for us pedagogues) to exchange experiences related to the task of teaching children/adolescents with cancer diagnosis.

We have been able to develop the co-operation with the students home schools and our co-operation with the consultant nurses and the braintumour nurses.

 

In 2012 we had the opportunity to introduce our networkmodel to our colleagues at the HOPE conference in Amsterdam. We thereby could stress the importance of the support from The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. We introduced it by a visual display and a flyer with information about the network.

Some of the members from the network participated at the HOPE conference in Bukarest 2014 and experienced that a couple of other countries had started to organize networks in their own countries inspired by our model.

Prestentation

The HOPE-conference of 2016 is taking place in Wienna in May.

The Swedish Hospital Teachers ´Network at Childhood Oncology Centers would like to present a schoolproject drawn up by the Swedish Childhood Foundation.

The” Right to support in school” consists of three documents;

Advice to the headmaster, Advice to the mentor, Advice to parents.

The documents are well structured and distinct. We would like to describe their contents and also how we use them and how they are received and used by home schools.

We would like to do the presentation as an open workshop. We want to start with a short speech and continue with discussions, led by us, concerning questions important to all pedagogues working with ill children.

We would like to do the presentation together with Björn Olsson the coordinator and the author of the project. As a poster he will present the process of producing the documents in close dialog with us.

Conditions

The documents are at the moment being translated to English. They will be available at the workshop. We focus on the documents concerning the headmaster, mentor and school. These documents are also useful when introducing immigrant children and their parents.

The document to parents is built on Swedish school-law and not that relevant to other countries. But could of course inspire to start develop documents adjusted to other countries curriculums and laws

A group from our network is planning the presentation but at the conference all of us from the network will participate as leaders in group-discussion.

We are sending this to you who are planning the Vienna-conference,

well aware of the fact that it is not completely in line with the theme of the conference. We would like to know if you think our project is interesting enough to present at the conference.

We are grateful for a quick answer to give us a hint if we should continue with the preparations.

 

Kind regards from hospitalteachers in

Umeå

Linköping

Lund

Göteborg

Stockholm

Uppsala

 

 

Ingrid Olsson

Hospitalteacher in Umeå, Sweden