Estonia - School councils

In Estonia, VET schools are governed by councils where the majority of places are taken by employers. In order to review the school’s performance, the council receives an annual report from the school principal

The Estonian school councils represent local interests. They include representatives from:

  • the school owner (when a school is in the private sector or owned by the municipality) or the ministry (when the school is state owned);
  • the local government;
  • the local bureau of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (the national employment authority);
  • sector specific employers or employees (at least four).

The Councils usually meet four times per year and approve the plans for the VET school; authorise applications to the State for student numbers; approve new programmes of study; and agree the annual budgets and financial reports. This is a governance role where the Council guides and monitors the performance of the VET school. The day-to-day management of the VET school is led by the principal or director with support from the management team.

More information is available here

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