Joint language studies
In Turku basic education, pupils normally start studying their first foreign language in the 3rd grade with an A1 Language which is English, except in bilingual education. Some schools provide early A1 Language education, starting already in the 1st grade. In addition to A1 Language, B1 Language is obligatory for all, and starts in the 6th grade. The B1 Language here is Swedish.
The early childhood education of the City of Turku is introducing the Päikky system, which is a system for planning and monitoring the care times of children, to be used by the guardians.
The care times should be planned in as much detail as possible. Together with the actual presence times of the child, the planned times form the basis for the invoiced amount of care hours per month.
An organizer of education must evaluate the given education and its effects, as well as participate in evaluations conducted by third parties. The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has written a manual called Perusopetuksen laatukriteeerit (Quality Criteria in Basic Education), based on which the municipalities have developed their quality control systems. In Turku the basic education quality criteria have been edited into three questionnaire sections:
Northern Turku Co-operation Area
Student area of Puolala and Topelius schools:
- Student area of Puolala and Topelius schools
- Student area or Pansio and Aunela schools (starting 1 Aug 2015 the new 7th year students from Aunela and Pansio proceed to Topelius School)
Student area of Raunistula school:
Links to special study tracks are listed below. Information about the Upper Secondary School IB Track of Turku Normal School is coming soon.
Studying in the ICT track
Kerttuli Upper Secondary School ICT track is a national special upper secondary school accepted by the Ministry of Education. It is a continuation of the ‘future’s professionals of information technology and media’ track that began in autumn 2000, and it functions in close interaction with higher education institutions and business life.
Over 30 sports are represented in Kerttuli Upper Secondary School. Sport-specific morning coaching is given in 14 sports with 23 sports coaches. The athletes of other sports participate in attribute training or train in ways that have been agreed on separately and according to programmes designed by their own coaches.
A school bus card is granted in the following cases:
- The distance between the home of a student in years 1–9 and the nearest local school is over 5km.
- The distance between the home of a 10th year student resident in Turku and the nearest local school is over 5km.
The distance between home and school is measured from the yard of the student’s home to the yard of the school via the shortest road that is suitable for pedestrians and is in public use.
What is a fee decision (“maksupäätös”)?
Day care fees are determined according to size of the family, income, and the length of the day spent in day care, as agreed upon in the care agreement. The fee decision is a notification about the amount of the child’s day care fee; it is not an invoice. The fee decision will be mailed to your home before the actual invoice, and the invoice will be mailed to your home later as per the fee decision.
Integration training for young immigrants
The aim of integration training is that the student will reach functional basic language skills in Finnish. Integration training helps the immigrants to enter working life and get further education. TE Office guides the immigrant to integration training, which is implemented as labour market training, based on an initial assessment.
International guests are welcome to visit Turku schools and daycare centers as well as the administration at the Education Division. For more information, contact Helena Mikkola, the Manager of International Affairs.
We also offer trainings, workshops, and lectures. All visits will be tailored to the needs of the visiting group.
The first choice that guides your career is made during the joint application period in the spring of your ninth school year. You should gather information about the following topics in order to build a foundation for your decision:
TET-market is a network of companies. The network has been built to ease the finding of a TET-training job. Contact information of companies is in Finnish and has been sorted by fields of education:
TET-training period of work experience is usually a week-long period during the autumn of the 9th year (weeks 40–50) before the joint application period, and during the spring of the 8th year.
If a company would like to participate in the TET-market, it can enroll at oppilaanohjaus(at)turku.fi
Students who have difficulties in learning or school attendance have the right to get part-time remedial teaching alongside other teaching. Part-time remedial teaching is given to students who have, for example:
Students who have temporarily fallen behind in their studies or otherwise need short-term support in their learning have the right to get remedial teaching. Remedial teaching should be started immediately when the difficulties in learning or school attendance have been noticed, so that the students would not stay behind permanently in their studies. Remedial teaching can counteract difficulties beforehand. Remedial teaching should be organized according to a plan and as often as is necessary.
Characteristic to remedial teaching are individually planned
Parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing of the child. The school is responsible for the student’s teaching and upbringing as a member of the school community. The task of the school is to provide the parents or guardians with information so that they can follow and advance their child’s school attendance and learning. Co-operation between school and home is essential for the school work to succeed.
Flexible teaching arrangements means methods of working and doing that take into account the students’ individual learning and developmental needs. The primary aim is to support the students with their studying in their own learning environments in such a way that the objectives of the curriculum are met.
Organizing flexible teaching arrangements calls for:
- time reserved for collaborative planning
- applicability of the timetable
- commitment to the arrangements by the school teachers and management
Differentiation is based on knowledge about the student and is the starting point of all teaching. It applies to:
- extent and depth of studying
- rhythm and progress of studying
- students’ different ways of learning
Differentiation is based on the students’ needs and possibilities to:
The natural sciences track of Turku Finnish Co-educational Upper Secondary School has a special task granted by the Ministry of Education. It is possible to emphasize natural science subjects – physics, chemistry, biology and geography – at the upper secondary school, and on certain conditions to leave out eight mandatory courses from other subjects, respectively. It is also possible to focus on one or two natural science subjects according to postgraduate study ambitions. Students at the natural science track get a versatile base for higher education studies.
The marine study track of Turku Finnish Co-educational Upper Secondary School emphasizes mathematical and natural science subjects, the Baltic Sea, sea environment and marine research, as well as seafaring and entrepreneurship. Also seafaring and tourism courses are offered as special courses.
Turku Classical Upper Secondary School is a national upper secondary school of expressive arts (arts/communication). The expressive arts studies are composed of theatre, dance and media courses. Approximately 30 expressive arts courses are available annually. The syllabus of expressive arts is 12 courses. Students who complete the entire syllabus may leave out a maximum of 8 mandatory upper secondary school courses from their curriculum.