Statped is a national service for special needs education made up of four regions and a main office located in Oslo.
Statped is currently undergoing a reform intended to secure users all over the country equal access to Statped’s services. Statped will work in six defined core areas:
Norwegian pupils are entitled to teaching as specially-adapted as possible. As far as possible and advisable, this should take place in the local mainstream school. The law clearly states that:‘Education in school is to be adapted to the individual pupil’s abilities and capabilities. Pupils who do not or cannot achieve a satisfactory learning yield from ordinary teaching, have a right to special needseducation’.
In many cases, schools and local authorities will need guidance and competence. Statped assist local authorities in this work and provides special teaching services at individual and system level in areas in which the country’s 430 local authorities do not have sufficient competence.
Inclusion in mainstream schools is a very important objective of Norwegian educational policy. Statped can offer part-time courses for pupils and for the parents and guardians of deaf, blind and deaf-blind children and pupils needing alternative, supplementary communication. Other teaching will take place at the school in the pupil’s own local authority area, but with individual adaptation. Statped run two national schools. These are the school for the deaf inTrondheim and the school for the deaf-blind in Oslo.