Finnish Special Education Case Study - Mikkeli High School


HelpNLD's Founder Anton Ngo interviews with special education teacher Heidi Piispanen who works at Mikkeli High School (Mikkelin Lukio, or formerly as Mikkelin Yhteiskoulun Lukio).



Mikkeli high school is the fifth largest Finnish upper secondary school with around 800 students, established in 2010 by the merger of two old schools.

Mrs. Piispanen shared with us the types of learning disabilities she works with, the goals of special education, and success stories from students she has worked with. School information Name: Mikkeli High School (Mikkelin Lukio, or formerly as Mikkelin Yhteiskoulun Lukio) Type: High school (Upper Secondary School) Address: Päämajankatu 4, 50100 Mikkeli, Finland Website: http://www.mikkelinlukio.fi Contact: ulla.vaisanen@mikkeli.fi Phone: 0503117572 Questions asked by HelpNLD

  • Can you introduce about your school? (size, reputation, vision, mission)

  • What types of learning disabilities have you seen in your students?

  • What is your general approach to work with students with learning disabilities (e.g. focus on one or two types, such as math and reading?

  • How do you structure or revise your curriculum, how to get students understand the concept, how to get them involved in class activities)

  • Is there any success story of student that is so remarkable that you want to share with us

  • How is the university orientation and/or vocational preparation process for high school students with these learning disabilities?

Special Education Teacher's Responsiblity


Throughout the interview, it is clear that in Mikkeli High School, special education teacher is engaged throughout the process of identifying and providing support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities:

  • Conduct small tests among freshmen students to see if any of them need further special help for learning disabilities

  • Decide on any special arrangements for the Matriculation Examination Board (such as more time allowance on exams)

  • Provide support on studying techniques for students with reading and learning disabilities

  • Consult and collaborate with subject teachers

  • Is a member of the Community Welfare Group and works with student counsellors and the school nurse

Key points from the interview

Hard work can pay off, even in case of student with Cerebral Palsy with learning difficulties.
  • The special teacher deals mainly with reading disorder, perception, spatial problems and mathematical learning difficulties

  • Students can come to the special teacher's special class. The teacher discusses with students how they should study

  • The main goal is to help learning disabled students to learn how to learn, pass Matriculation Examination, get the high school degree and apply for universities and colleges

  • Lack of motivation is also a contributing factor to course fails, besides learning disabilities

  • The main technique is to study a small amount for a short period, and rehearse a lot

  • Hard work can pay off, even in case of student with Cerebral Palsy with learning difficulties.


Background information on special education in Mikkeli

A personal plan for the organisation of education (HOJKS), the equivalent of IEP in the USA, will be drawn up for students who are eligible for special support.

The Finnish Law on Special Education emphasises the right of students to get preventive support for learning and growth in accordance with the Learning Plan individualised to them.


The initiation of special support will be dealt with in the pedagogical assessment, based on a multi-professional pupil maintenance work.


Prior to the special support decision, the situation is discussed with the student's parents and a pedagogical assessment describing the student's learning conditions and the needs of the support is prepared. If necessary, a psychological or medical study is carried out.


The class teacher, the special teacher and the parents together will make a proposal to the Director of education for the initiation of special support. The pedagogical assessment needs to be submitted along with the proposal. The proposal is signed by the school principal.


The Director of education shall take decisions on the initiation of special support. A written decision is sent to the parents by post.


A personal plan for the organisation of education (HOJKS), the equivalent of IEP in the USA, will be drawn up for students who are eligible for special support. Source: Erityisopetus ja erityinen tuki, at www.mikkeli.fi


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