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Preparatory instruction for pupils with an immigrant background

Preparatory instruction prior to basic education is intended for Tampere pupils aged 7 through 16 with an immigrant background, who do not yet possess Finnish skills or do not speak and understand Finnish adequately to study in a basic education group. During preparatory instruction, the pupil will learn about a cross-section of Finnish schooling. The purpose of this instruction period is to develop the pupil’s Finnish skills and build the necessary competencies for them to then transfer to basic education.

The weekly hours spent vary by grade and as specified in an individual instruction programme. The teaching will be administered both in a dedicated group and, during integration lessons, in the midst of basic education groups. During the preparatory instruction period, the pupil’s learning skills and special needs will be assessed. At the conclusion of the period, the pupil will be placed in a basic education grade appropriate to their skills and ability to participate. The preparatory instruction period is usually one year, but the duration is individually flexible. After completing preparatory instruction, the pupils will move to their local school.

If the distance to their schooling exceeds the limit defined in the school transport bulletin, the City of Tampere will pay for transportation

Schools providing preparatory instruction

Updated 15.11.2023