People, groups, and organizations

  • A National Theme Group for School Refusal started operation in October 2018. The focus of the group is to arrange annual meetings and seminars around the subject and to gather information about good practices in Finland and also abroad. The Theme Group is one of the functions of the VIP Network which is a national programme aimed at improving methods for students who need intensive multi-professional care and rehabilitation. The VIP Network is part of the current joint development work under the Finnish National Board of Education (NA) and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. To find out more about the Theme Group please contact Johanna Sergejeff:

Current and upcoming activities and achievements

  • In April 2019 Valteri Centre for Learning and Consulting and the Finnish National Board of Education will organize a national congress on school support titled “Does school belong to everybody?” For more information see:
  • In March 2019 there will be a national School Attendance seminar in Helsinki. The seminar is organized by the National School Refusal Theme Group. More information about the seminar will be provided in early 2019.

Earlier activities and achievements

  • In November 2018 a series of seminars under the heading “Superpowers of the Mind” toured Finland. These seminars focused on student mental health and ways to support children in challenging situations. It served as in-service training for multi-professional members of school personnel. The seminars were organized through a project with Valteri coordination and more information can be obtained from Johanna Sergejeff:
  • In October 2018 the Helsinki capital area for LAPE (National Programme to Address Child and Family Services) hosted a seminar titled “Back to School”. Dr Anne Marie Albano from Columbia University in New York (USA) gave a lecture on “When Children Refuse School”. For more information contact Leena Männistö: .
  • In September 2018 Valteri and Åbo Akademi University, Finland, hosted a meeting around the Hemmasittare project (a project for youth not attending school) which is from Sweden. The intervention model was introduced and its possible adaptation to Finland was discussed. For more information contact Katarina Alanko:

Helpful links and other resources

  • The Finnish translation of the adapted School Refusal Assessment Scale – Revised (SRAS-R) is presently being printed and is due out before Christmas 2018. The translation is financed by LAPE (National Programme to Address Child and Family Services). For more information contact Marjaana Karjalainen:
  • The Inventory of School Attendance Problems (ISAP) by Dr. Martin Knollmann is being translated into Finnish and will be published in early 2019. ISAP assesses both the quality and the function of a broad spectrum of school attendance problems. For more information contact Johanna Sergejeff: .
  • There is an ongoing study on Tuuve online teaching method for students with severe school attendance problems, in collaboration between the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and the University of Stavanger, Norway. For more information contact Tuomo Virtanen:
  • Find information about ‘Support for learning and school attendance’, via the Valteri Centre for Learning and Consulting

To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s hosts: Katarina Alanko ( or Johanna Sergejeff ( As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage. Currently, this webpage is updated every three months.

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