Tikkamäki hospital school, Joensuu (Finland)

Tikkamäki school

Tikkamäki school

Tikkamäki School, which takes care of hospital teaching in Joensuu, is part of the town’s school system. The pupils can originally come from comprehensive schools in different parts of North Karelia and the municipality of Heinävesi. The pupils are undergoing medical examination or treatment in the child psychiatric, child neurological, youth psychiatric or somatic ward in the Central Hospital of North Karelia. Some pupils come to school from their home and they are undergoing treatment in youth psychiatric policlinic. Tikkamäki School is administered by Nepenmäki Comprehensive School.

The aim of hospital teaching is to make sure that the pupil is not left behind in their studies. Providing education during hospitalization is also a means of giving the pupil hope regarding their own future and of preventing their exclusion from society. Teaching is part of the child’s overall rehabilitation and its starting point is creating a positive relationship between the pupil and the teacher.

Tikkamäki School is situated in building L at the Central Hospital of North Karelia. School is  for forms 0.-6. ( i.e. children aged 6-12) and for forms 7.-9. (age 13-15) study. School is in the same building as children`s and youth`s  psychiatric wards so co-operation is feasible. The teaching of each pupil is planned individually and the curriculum of the forwarding school is followed as closely as possible. In addition to individuality, the curriculum of Tikkamäki School emphasizes art and expressive skills in the preschool class and in the 1st– 6th  forms  and foreign languages, mathematics and practical subjects in  the 7th-9th forms. In the ninth form the emphasis also lies in planning further studies. The length of the pupil’s school day is affected by their condition, treatment and ability to work in groups.

Tikkamäki´s staff

Tikkamäki´s staff

The hospital teachers co-operate with the teachers of the pupil’s home school. As the pupil is entering examination or treatment in the ward, the teacher discusses matters relating to school with the home school teachers. During the pupil’s stay in hospital school their curriculum and evaluation also create close co-operation with the forwarding school. When the pupil is returning to their home school the hospital teacher visits the home school supporting their return to school in a return meeting. The participants of this meeting are the pupil, the parent, teacher in the home school and the hospital teacher. During the examination and treatment periods there is also close co-operation with the parents and  the medical staff in consultations about both school and treatment matters.

In matters relating to education the parents are always asked to contact Tikkamäki School. The medical staff is responsible for the treatment. If the child is absent, the parent must inform the school. If the pupil needs a permission to be absent, the parent must ask for the  permission from the school.

In preschool and the 1st-6th forms the staff includes special education teachers Irja Hara, Minna Kamppuri and Juha Virkkala and teaching assistant Anita Ikonen. In the 7th-9th forms the teachers are special education teachers Leena Papunen, Marika Mervola and Pekka Muikku and teaching assistant Heini Sokkanen.

Leena Papunen ( teacher in charge)