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Special education

Special education is an adapted form of teaching that is offered to students with special educational needs. 


If you as a parent are concerned that your child is not receiving proper benefit from their schooling, you can ask the school to check whether your child requires special education.
The school offers special education to students who require a different form of instruction than what is normally offered. Although special education is a right, an expert assessment must be conducted before this right applies. The Educational and Psychological Counselling Service (PPT) carries out the expert assessment.
Special education may, for example, consist of setting different learning objectives for the student, having a teacher or assistant supervise the student in class or providing the student with specially adapted tools.

Target group

Students in primary through upper secondary school.


Before the Educational and Psychological Counselling Service (PPT) conducts an expert assessment, the school is responsible for considering and, if necessary, trying out different methods to ensure that you receive proper benefit from your education.


The municipality is obligated to ensure that this service is provided. See Chapter 5 Special education of the Education Act.


Guidelines – applying for, or receiving the service

You or your parents can request that the school investigates to determine whether you require special education and what type of instruction, if any, you need.

Administrative procedure

Consent must be obtained from you or your parents before an expert assessment is conducted and before special education is implemented. You or your parents have the right to see the expert assessment and to make a statement before a decision is made. The decision to grant special education must specify the scope, content and organisation of the instruction.

You will normally receive an explanation together with the notification of the decision. You will always receive an explanation if there is a possibility that you will be dissatisfied with the decision. If an explanation is not included, you can obtain one by enquiring with the municipality within the deadline for appeals to the decision. 

Time taken to consider the application

The municipality will process the case as soon as possible. If a decision cannot be reached on the case within one month, you will receive a written message stating the reason as to why. You will also be informed of when the decision is expected to be made.

Possibilities to appeal; procedure

If you are dissatisfied with the decision, you can appeal to the municipality within three weeks from the date on which you received it. Explain what you are dissatisfied with and why you believe the decision should be changed. If you need guidance, you can enquire with the municipality. If the municipality upholds its decision, the case will be passed on to the county governor, who will determine whether the appeal should be sustained.

Tjenesten oppdatert: 11.05.2020 12:43