Special secondary education

Special secondary education (BUSO) is available for young people in need of specific care. There are various types and forms of special secondary education.

Special secondary education is divided into types:

  • Type basic range: children with a slight mental disability and children with learning difficulties. Has been gradually replacing type 1 since September 2015.
  • Type 1: children with a slight mental disability
  • Type 2: children with a moderate or severe mental disability
  • Type 3: children with severe emotional or behavioural issues
  • Type 4: children with a physical disability
  • Type 5: children admitted to a hospital or a preventorium
  • Type 6: children with a visual disability
  • Type 7: children with a hearing disability
  • Type 9: children with a disorder on the autism spectrum, but without mental impairment

Four forms of training are available for young people from various types:

  • Training form 1: social adjustment
    This form of training provides social training with a view to integration into a sheltered living environment.
  • Training form 2: social adjustment and preparation for work
    This form of training provides a general and social education and work training with a view to integration into a sheltered living and working environment.
  • Training form 3: vocational education
    This form of training provides social education and vocational education with a view to integration into an ordinary living and working environment. Various courses are organised.
  • Training form 4: general, vocational, art and technical education
    This form of training prepares for higher education studies and integration into the working world. The study programmes correspond to the study programmes in ordinary full-time secondary education.

Also of interest

Registering in special secondary education
Inschrijven in Brussel - Secundair Onderwijs

Registering in special secondary education

You will find full details on how and when to register your child on the website 'Inschrijven in Brussel' [Registering in a Dutch-speaking school in Brussels].
Onderwijs Vlaanderen (Education Flanders)

Onderwijs Vlaanderen (Education Flanders)

The Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels fall under Onderwijs Vlaanderen. More information about special secondary education is available here.
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