School administration

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In Espoo, every school is run by the a principal/head teacher. School administration comprises also the school board, and student board. Each school's website offers more information about the operations and composition of the boards.

School boards

School boards are authorities based on the Local Government Act and function as administrative bodies on school level. The schools in Espoo have either a school-specific or a joint board of one or more schools. The board members are representatives of the parents and the presonnel. In joint comprehensive schools, representatives of pupils in the upper grades also participate in the work of the board.

The school board develops collaboration between home and school, decides on the school year plan, the use of the school's allowances and the school-specific curriculum. The tasks include developing the school environment and working conditions, as well as participating in developing teaching and the school's educational culture.

The school boards in Espoo are appointed by the Finnish education and early education committee.

Principal/head teacher

The principal / head teacher is the school's pedagogic, administrative and financial leader. In addition, he/she is the superior of the school's teaching personnel. The principal / head teacher decides on different matters concerning the pupils, the personnel, teaching arrangements and the school premises. The principal / head teacher is the secretary of the school board and prepares, presents and executes its decisions.   

Student boards

If a comprehensive school in Espoo has pupils from grades 7-10, it will have a student board. Pupils from lower grades may also participate in the work of the board. The student board promotes communal activities in the school and increases the pupils' opportunities to influence and participate in matters concerning themselves. The student board also selects two minimum 15 year-old students each year to participate in the work of the school board.

Pupils in primary schools can similarly participate in matters concerning themselves. To promote pupil participation, a pupil board or other similar body/structure can be established in primary schools.