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Flexible comprehensive education

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

In flexible comprehensive education (JOPO), students learn both at school and at workplaces. On-the-job learning is an important part of the studies. The studies also incorporate excursions and school camps. In addition to teachers, the classes also have youth workers. The maximum class size is 10 students.

Applications to JOPO classes are primarily received in the spring term, in March, but vacant spots may be filled at other times, as well.

The applicants fill an application form and complement the form with a recommendation from the student welfare staff, as well as a certificate of an on-the-job-learning period or other work experience if available. The application is sent to the student's own school.

All applicants are interviewed. The District Manager for comprehensive education decides on the admissions.

Further information is provided by the school welfare officer or special needs teacher of the student's school.

To whom and on what terms

Flexible comprehensive education is available for 7th to 9th graders aged 14 or older if it seems likely that they will not earn a comprehensive school certificate or they will not be able to enter secondary education. Applicants must have at least one year left of their comprehensive education.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

Flexible basic education supports pupils in higher comprehensive school, or grades 7— 9, who are at risk of not obtaining a basic education certificate. Flexible basic education stresses learning by doing, the use of different learning environments and on-the-job learning.

Flexible basic education is organized by comprehensive schools in cooperation with municipal youth, social and health services and vocational institutions, general upper secondary schools and workshops for young people. The teaching is organised around groups of pupils.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceEducation Division, Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Education Division, Helsinki
Updated: 23/5/2022