The master thesis presents secondary level education of children with special needs in
Slovenia and in Scotland. Since Slovenian professionals and the media generally deal with
the primary education of special needs children, we set out to explore the area of
Based on Slovenian scientific literature and data obtained from the competent ministry and
other public institutions, we provided descriptive facts and numerical data to give a
comprehensive overview of the topic in question. While exploring the situation in Scotland,
scientific articles, internet resources and information from the Scottish government were
used to obtain data that was essential for this part of the master thesis.
On the basis of what we have gathered, we can summarize that the number of special
needs children included in the secondary level of education in Slovenia is increasing. Most
of these children have deficits in particular learning areas, while the implementation of
additional professional assistance is poor. When completing secondary education,
examination methods are usually adapted to the candidates with special needs. With
regard to financing secondary education programmes, the total amount of funding has
been increasing over the years. The funds intended for secondary education of special
needs children in Slovenia cannot be compared to those in Scotland, where the amount is
substantially higher. The Scottish secondary education system is oriented towards the
benefit of the entire class and is not solely geared towards the rights of one particular
special needs child.
We can conclude that not all positive elements of the foreign system can be transferred to
the Slovenian school space. However, we can train special needs children to pursue
professions for which they are being educated in order to develop active citizenship.
Furthermore, we can consider improving the educational system and eliminating the
shortcomings related to adjustments and forms of work.