THINGS TO KNOW
- By law compulsory schooling in Malta is from 5 to 16 years of age.
- The school year runs from September till June.
- In state schools students are provided with textbooks, but parents pay for the school uniform, stationery items and school outings.
- School transport is available for most State schools. Parents are requested to contact the Head of each respective school to enquire about the availability of school transport.
- Both English and Maltese are taught and used in all schools.
- The Catholic religion is taught in all schools, but the parents of any minor attending a state school have the right to exempt their child from religion classes.
Language induction courses
Language induction courses are provided for students who cannot communicate in Maltese and English. The student will do a simple test upon registration and then will be admitted to an induction course which usually lasts one scholastic year.
The induction course prepares the students to feel confident and able to communicate in both English and Maltese. The programme for the induction course is a basic primary school curriculum, including Mathematics, Art, Crafts and of course Maltese and English. The only difference is that all subjects are taught with the aim of learning languages.
Health and Safety Issues
Students attending State schools are regularly given medical check-ups and vaccinations.
A Healthy Eating Policy regulates food and drink which can be allowed on school premises. Certain foods and drinks, high in fat, sugar and salt content are not allowed. Parents usually prepare packed lunches for their children.
It is advisable to inform Heads of schools of any medical issues that the child may have. Any provision and administration of medication needs to be discussed with the school administration. Schools will need authorisation from the parents if any medical treatment is to be administered. In case of emergency, first aiders/paramedics are empowered to act in the best interest of the child.
The attendance of children at school is monitored. Children who are sick for more than 3 days are expected to present the school with a medical certificate.
Physical punishment is not allowed under any circumstances in schools. An anti-bullying policy is strictly enforced to protect everyone’s rights.
Inclusive Education is one of the main targets of Malta’s educational system. The aim is to create environments responsive to differing developmental capacities, needs, and the potential of all students from kindergarten (including child care centres and private kindergartens) to tertiary and adult education. More information can be found here
The State provides resource centres which cater for children with special educational needs. More information can be found here
A number of support services are available to Colleges and Schools within the State system. These services are intended to assist students in their holistic development as individuals and help them become active and responsible members of society. More information can be found here.