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Other education staff or staff working with schools


10.Management and other education staff

10.4Other education staff or staff working with schools

Last update: 10 August 2022

In public educational institutions, the requirements for other education staff and the qualification requirements for employees are defined by law: Act on Public Education (61.§) and the government decree on the promotion system of teachers (annex 2). Employees with a higher education degree - who directly assist in the work of education and training – are members of the school board of the institution.

The employer of the technical staff operating school infrastructure (maintainer, heater, cleaning staff, receptionist, etc.) - is the school district centre in the case of public schools, while in kindergartens it is the municipality.  It was an important decision of the education governance that as of 1 September 2015, the staff directly involved in teaching and education is also subjected to the promotion system of teachers, if they maintain a pedagogical/teacher degree or qualification.

The following support staff helps the work of teachers in kindergartens:

  • Childcare workers in kindergarten: they participate in educating and caring for children, as well as in maintaining a tidy and clean environment, protecting against accidents, preparing meals, and actively helping children’s activities. By the law, one childcare worker shall be employed for each kindergarten group. Childcare worker kindergarten course (480-740 lessons) may be completed in VET outside the school system. The criterion for starting the course is completed primary school education.
  • Pedagogical assistant: the employment of 1 assistant per 3 kindergarten groups is state funded.
  • School secretary: has tasks in institutional administration and operative institution maintenance. In kindergartens with a headcount of over 100 children, 1 school secretary shall be employed.
  • Lifeguard: in kindergartens with swimming pools, 1 lifeguard shall be employed.
  • School doctor: in kindergartens for SEN children with a headcount over 250 children 1 school doctor shall be employed.

Jobs directly involved in teaching and education in primary and secondary schools:

  • Pedagogical assistant: in public educational institutions they attend and accompany pupils or learner groups. If needed they provide childcare and first aid. They participate in general pedagogical work and in its preparation, and in the leisure time activities of the school. The employment of 1 staff member per 250 learners is guaranteed by state funding. They obtain a qualification in post-secondary training built on upper secondary school leaving examination.
  • School librarian/teacher-librarian: has to have a degree in teacher of library pedagogy or in library and information science and primary school teacher/secondary school teacher/social pedagogy. Those with a primary or secondary school teacher degree and qualification, as well as advanced level qualification of a librarian obtained in VET outside the school system may be employed as a teacher-librarian in schools and dormitories. Within the timeframe for teaching and education, primary/secondary school teacher-librarians in schools and dormitories shall ensure the opening hours of the library. 70% of the remaining part of the fixed working hours (with the library closed) shall be for library work on the site, and keeping contact with the school, and another 30% of the above timeframe is for preparation outside the workplace, building the relationships of the library, and increasing the stock.
  • Leisure time organiser: only those institutions shall employ him/her where the ratio of multiply disadvantaged students reaches the 25% of the headcount of the school or the dormitory, and the number of those affected exceeds 100 persons.
  • School secretary: has tasks in institutional administration and operative institution management. In kindergartens and schools with a headcount over 100 people 1 school secretary shall be employed, whereas over 450 pupils 1 more person shall be employed.
  • IT system administrator: has to be employed by all schools: in the case of a student headcount between 1 and 250 in a part-time job, in a student headcount between 251-750 one person, over the above headcount 2 people shall be employed.
  • Laboratory assistant: from 5th grade, with a headcount over 250 students 1 laboratory assistant shall be employed.
  • Psychologist-teacher: in institutions where the proportion of multiply disadvantaged students reaches at least 25% in the school or the dormitory, and this number exceeds 100, 1 psychologist-teacher shall be employed.
  • Child and youth protection supervisor or special education assistant: only in schools with students of special educational needs, 1 supervisor assistant for every 15 students shall be employed.
  • Instrument maintainer or costume attendant: in basic art schools with a headcount over 200 students the employment of 1 instrument maintainer or costume attendant is state funded.

School Doctor, Public Health Care Inspector, Dental Assistant

School healthcare shall cover all educational institutions, and it has to be organised by institutes, or by the means of pooled provision for institute groups. School healthcare can be provided by the school doctor in part-time or full-time job, by the public health care inspector in part-time or full-time job, and by the regional health visitor as a district-related task. If the number of students in the public educational institution reaches 800 people (in special educational institution over 400 students), the school public health care inspector shall be employed full time. One public health care inspector can provide for maximum of 1000 persons.

For school doctors and public health care inspectors who are employed in part-time, or who are providing school health care in several institutions, the time that has to be spent in each institution – in consultation with the tasks - shall be determined when establishing the legal relationship for the work, and this has to be published in the public educational institution.

The minimum basic equipment of the school consulting room is determined by the School Health Care ministerial decree (annex 1). It is not compulsory to establish a school consulting room inside the school if students can receive provision in a health care institution near the school. In special educational- and conductive educational kindergartens and schools, a consulting room has to be established in every case.

School doctor’s tasks should be performed by a GP, internal medicine specialist or infant and paediatric specialist, possibly with a specialist examination in school health science and youth protection. Public health care inspector tasks may be performed by a public health care inspector with a college degree.

School dental care has to be organised in a way that dental consulting rooms have to be assigned to all institutions. In a student headcount exceeding 1,200 people, the dentist to provide school dental care has to be employed in full time. The number of children in a district served by one dentist employed in full time may not exceed 1,800 people. Disabled children have to be counted twice when determining the headcount. The dentist and the dental assistant perform their school dental care tasks partly in the consulting room, partly in the educational institution. School dentists have to be paediatric dentists or dentists with experience in paediatric dentistry.