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Home schooling

All children living permanently in Finland are obliged to attend compulsory education. A child’s guardian assumes the full responsibility for the child’s completion of compulsory education. The guardian ensures that the child meets the goals defined for comprehensive education in all subjects in all grades. The child cannot be exempted from studying any subject of the curriculum of comprehensive education. The decision to school a child at home is made by the child’s guardian.  

Home schooling is not the same as education at home organised by a school in case of, for example, illness or some other compelling circumstance requiring the school to provide teaching at home. Home schooling should be organised with due regard to all regulations of the Basic Education Act (21.8.1998/628).

A child of compulsory education age schooled at home is not registered as a pupil of any school. The child is not entitled to free school supplies, school medical care, special needs education or other school services.

If a child will be home schooled, the guardian should notify the Education Division by submitting the Notification of moving to home schooling (PDF). The notification should be delivered to the pupil's local school. The local school can suggest the pupil to have a so-called inspective teacher, who meets with the pupil a couple of times per school year, and monitors that the pupil reaches the goals set for basic education.

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