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Different types of education in the Netherlands

Last updated: 10/23/2023, 7:43 AM
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If you go to school in the Netherlands, you may choose what type of education you or your child receives. In this article you can read more about the different types of education.

Normal and special primary and secondary education

In the Netherlands, in primary and secondary education there is a difference between normal and special education. In normal education, an average of 24 children are in the class together. Education is adapted to the age and level of the pupils. Teachers try to take differences into account, but cannot always pay special attention to everyone.

Special education is for students with special needs. For example, these students have problems with learning, behaviour, emotions or have a physical disability. For example, if your child cannot see well or has autism. In special education, students are taught in smaller classes. And they get adapted lessons and extra help.

Public and special schools or universities

The Netherlands also distinguishes between public and special schools. Public schools are open to every student. Education is not based on a religion or philosophy of life. However, there are public schools that teach based on a particular teaching method.

Special schools teach from a religion or philosophy of life. For example, you have Christian and Islamic schools in the Netherlands. But you also have schools that teach from a particular philosophy, such as free schools. A special school may make demands of its students, for example that the student be of a certain religion. But in a special school, just like in a public school, you are not allowed to discriminate. For example, a religious school may not be against homosexuality.

If you want to know what schools are in your area, check with the municipality where you reside.

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