In-Hospital Schooling

​While the child must stay in hospital for their illness, they can continue to work on their compulsory education in the hospital school.

The goal of in-hospital schooling is to guarantee continuity in the child’s education and enable them to finish their compulsory education even when their illness requires treatment in hospital. Teaching will be individually planned for the student during their inpatient treatment. In-hospital schooling will accommodate the student's state of health and any treatment or rehabilitation procedures they may have. In-hospital schooling serves as a bridge for the student to return to their own school, and it supports the child’s or adolescent’s rehabilitation as a whole. The student will still remain enrolled in their own school during in-hospital schooling.

Teachers in the hospital school work in close collaboration with the staff at the wards and the student’s guardians, and appropriate times for teaching are coordinated together. Teaching takes place either in the patient room or in another space as agreed upon depending on the patient’s condition. When matters related to the student’s education are discussed, the hospital school teachers are available to participate.

With permission from the guardians, the hospital school teacher can contact the student's school in education-related matters so that the school can inform the teacher what the most essential content to study is. The extent of the syllabus takes into consideration the student's condition and the syllabus will be reduced so that it is reasonable. A teacher from the student's own school may also send in work and tests for the student to complete, if agreed upon. Remote teaching may also be used if the patient and family wish so and the student’s school is equipped for it.

The student’s own school will evaluate the student’s work in collaboration with the teacher from the hospital school. Teaching will use the student’s own schoolbooks or other material the student has brought to the hospital. Having no schoolbooks is not an obstacle for teaching. Staying in touch with the student’s own school is important to make the student’s return to school as smooth as possible. In situations where the student is discharged from hospital but cannot participate in classroom education, remote teaching is a good method for having the student be a part of their own class’ teaching and activities.