Support for younger Slovenian families' legal requirements
Slovenian children of pre-school age or who have completed their compulsory primary schooling are free to choose to attend BISL without restriction.
Slovenian families with children aged 6 to 15 must be enrolled at a public primary school. Our school is currently a "private company which sells education services to foreigners" and therefore does not come under the competent jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (www.mizks.gov.si).
As a short-term measure, we invite these families to adopt a "creative solution", which we are openly sharing with the full knowledge of the Ministry, and which is within the current law, in which we help them to assume responsibility for "home-schooling" their children in our classes. Please ask for more information.
A new update of the law (ZOFVI) is in preparation which will recognise us as a "foreign school" and allow Slovenian children to enrol. We are delighted that the Ministry is working actively to remove this anachronistic discrimination from the law (and so harmonise with the rest of the EU) so that Slovenian families may exercise their constitutional right (Art. 57) to choose an education for their children and attend BISL without seeking permission or having to resort to exploiting legal loop-holes.
This restriction does not apply to children of any other nationalities.
Slovene Homeschooling Assistance Programme
Whilst parents are responsible for the education of their children in accordance with the law, our Slovene curriculum for our Primary Section students offers selected highlights of the Slovene "učni načrt" in order to assist with these obligations. For Slovene, we use text books which are approved by the Ministry and widely used in public Primary schools. We cannot offer the entire Slovene curriculum alongside the British International programme, of course, but work done is of an appropriate level. We share the outline schemes of work with parents so they can decide, on an informed basis, and in cooperation with their own child's host school (matična šola), how they wish to supplement this to satisfy the minimum standards laid down in the law and as specifically tested in their school.
In the first three years (1., 2. and 3. razredi) students are assessed only in Slovene and Maths. In the following three years (4., 5., 6. razredi) assessments are in Slovene, Maths and English. We are currently mapping the British and Slovene Maths curricula with the aim of comparing what is covered when, to minimise problems of disparity. We will then aim to keep the Slovenian requirements and terminology in mind when planning our Primary Numeracy schemes of work.
We are currently preparing a totally new two-strand Slovene language curriculum (one for native speakers and one for non-native speakers) which ties in more closely with the IPC topics and other aspects of our Primary programme. This will be introduced once we are freed from the demands of the homeschooling requirements.
We are also in discussions with the Center za Slovenščino with a view to working with Cambridge International Exams to offer Slovene at both Foreign Language and First Language levels as also available in other languages. This will allow our students to gain recognition for their lessons in Slovene language.