Published: 9 June 2011

Number of pupils transferred to special education unchanged, small increase in part-time special education

Eight-and-a-half per cent of comprehensive school students, or over 46,700 pupils, had been transferred to special education in autumn 2010. The share was unchanged from the previous year. In all, 23.3 per cent of pupils, or 128,700 comprehensive school students received part-time special education during the 2009-2010 academic year. The number of pupils attending part-time special education grew by half a percentage point from the previous year. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s Education Statistics.

Shares of pupils transferred to special education and receiving part-time special education among all comprehensive school pupils 1995-2010, % 1)

Shares of pupils transferred to special education and receiving part-time special education among all comprehensive school pupils 1995-2010, % 1)
1) Comparable data on part-time special education are available for the 2001-2009 period (year 2009 referring to the 2009-2010 academic year). The numbers of pupils transferred to special education and recipients of part-time special education cannot be added together because some of the pupils transferred to special education also receive special teaching part-time.

The share of pupils transferred to special education was highest in the region of Päijät-Häme, where it was 10.5 per cent. The number of pupils transferred to special education was lowest in the region of Åland, three per cent of pupils. Compared with the number of pupils, the number of pupils receiving part-time special teaching was highest in the region of Etelä-Savo, over 27 per cent. No part-time special education was arranged in the region of Åland.

Altogether 11.5 per cent of boys and 5.5 per cent of girls had been trans-ferred to special education. Twentyseven per cent of boys and 19 per cent of girls attended part-time special education during the 2009-2010 academic year.

In 2010, 30 per cent of those transferred to special education were fully and 24 per cent partially integrated into groups attending general education. In all, 32 per cent of those transferred to special education received teaching in special groups in comprehensive schools and 14 per cent in special schools. Special education was arranged in general education groups more often than in the previous year. Instead, the number of pupils studying in special schools and in special groups decreased.

During 2009, a total of 18,300 students in vocational education leading to a qualification received special teaching. Their number is 1,800 higher than the year before. The share of special students was 6.5 per cent among all vocational education students and 13.4 per cent among those attending vocational education aimed at young persons.


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 9.6.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Special education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1617. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.6.2019].
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