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Counselling in schools

All students in upper secondary school have the right to counselling on their education and career opportunities.


The school you attend is required to offer counselling. You can get help with making decisions concerning your further education and career choices (education and career counselling). If you have personal problems and difficulties settling into your school, you will also be able to get advice (socio-pedagogical counselling). Your school may find the appropriate counselling services and help you get in touch with them. You and your parents will be informed that this counselling service is available. Counselling can be provided in groups or individually, depending on your needs. The goal is for you to receive help to develop and utilise the resources you have—without being bound by traditional gender roles.

Counselling will help to reduce social differences between students, prevent students from dropping out of school and integrate ethnic minorities. 

Target group

Students in primary through upper secondary school.


Counselling is centred on making education and career choices, as well as personal, social and emotional issues that may affect learning or the student’s well-being at school. Academic issues, on the other hand, are the responsibility of the classroom teacher or the PPT.

Charges/Cost of the service

The service is free.

Brochures, documents, maps, etc.


See the Regulation to the Education Act Chapter 22 The right to necessary counselling.

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Guidelines – applying for, or receiving the service

As the school owner, the municipality/county municipality is responsible for providing counselling services. If you do not receive the counselling you need, you can enquire with your county governor, who is responsible for oversight under the Education Act.

Tjenesten oppdatert: 16.02.2018 16:00