Netherlands Data

The EASIE data collection takes place every two years. Country data is added to this website as and when it becomes available. The default view is the most recent school year available. The data is presented in up to six tables, focusing on different aspects of inclusive education. Unless stated otherwise in the notes, the data displayed is from the selected school year.

2014/2015 Data:

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 1

Question ISCED 1 ISCED 2 Sources used Notes
1 How many school aged children are there at: 1,341,029 817,210 Eurostat: population on 1 January 2015 by age and sex [demo_pjan] ISCED 1: all children from 6 to 12; ISCED 2: all children from 13 to 16.
2 How many pupils are enrolled in all formal educational settings in: 1,208,038 816,476 Eurostat: pupils enrolled in primary education by sex and age [educ_uoe_enrp05] and pupils enrolled in lower-secondary education by programme orientation, sex and age [educ_uoe_enrs02] / Statistics Netherlands (CBS) ISCED 1: all pupils from the age of 6 who are in primary education and special education (including 32,517 children who are still in kindergarten at the age of 6 and 4,174 pupils who are 13 years or older). ISCED 2: all pupils who are in praktijkonderwijs 'practical training', vmbo 'lower-secondary vocational education', havo/vwo leerjaar 1–3 'lower-secondary general education grades 7–9', mbo-1 'assistants training' and secondary special education. Registered pupils in the privately-funded education sector are also counted in this indicator. The difference in the ISCED 1 figures between Question 1 and Question 2 can be explained by the difference in ages in both indicators, mainly due to the 12-year-old pupils who are already in secondary education.
3 How many pupils are out of any formal educational settings in: NA NA
4 How many pupils are enrolled in mainstream formal educational settings with their non-disabled peers in: 1,180,082 777,380 CBS All pupils are in mainstream settings, except for the pupils who are in special education settings. There are pupils with special educational needs in mainstream settings, but they are not registered nationwide.
5 How many pupils are enrolled and educated in mainstream classes with their non-disabled peers for at least 80% of the time in: 1,180,082 777,380 CBS Same as for Question 4. There is no (proxy) indicator for the 80% benchmark.

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 2

Question 9 years 15 years Sources used Notes
1 How many children are aged: 188,291 203,234 Eurostat: population on 1 January by age and sex [demo_pjan]
2 How many pupils are enrolled in all formal educational settings aged: 188,185 145,677 Statistics Netherlands (CBS) 56,763 pupils in ISCED 3.
3 How many pupils are out of any formal educational settings aged: NA NA
4 How many pupils are enrolled in mainstream formal educational settings with their non-disabled peers in: 183,734 138,416 CBS All pupils are in mainstream settings, except for the pupils who are in special education settings. There are pupils with special educational needs in mainstream settings, but they are not registered nationwide.
5 How many pupils are enrolled and educated in mainstream classes with their non-disabled peers for at least 80% of the time in: 183,734 138,416 CBS Same as for Question 4. There is no (proxy) indicator for the 80% benchmark.

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 3

Question ISCED 1 ISCED 2 Sources used Notes
1 How many pupils have an official decision of SEN in: 27,956 39,096 Statistics Netherlands (CBS) All pupils educated in special schools.
2 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in: NA NA Until 2014, pupils with special educational needs were receiving 'backpack financing', which they could use for mainstream education or special education. These pupils were registered. Since 2014, 'backpack financing' no longer exists, so there is no registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education.
3 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in: NA NA There is no data collection of special classes in mainstream schools. Special classes are possible and allowed, but there is no central registration. For instance, some regions are experimenting with specialised classes for gifted children or children with autism.
4 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in: 27,956 39,096 CBS All pupils in special schools. This number is equal to Question 1, because there is no longer registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education.
5 How many pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in: NA NA In the Netherlands, schools connected to treatment centres in the health, social or justice sectors are part of the formal education system.

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 4

Question ISCED 1 Male ISCED 1 Female ISCED 2 Male ISCED 2 Female Sources used Notes
1 How many male and female pupils have an official decision of SEN in: 20,796 7,160 28,041 11,055 Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
2 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in: NA NA NA NA Since 2014, 'backpack financing' no longer exists, so there is no registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education.
3 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in: NA NA NA NA There is no data collection of special classes in regular schools. Special classes are possible and allowed, but there is no central registration.
4 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in: 20,796 7,160 28,041 11,055 CBS All pupils in special schools. This number is equal to Question 1, because there is no longer registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education.
5 How many male and female pupils with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in: NA NA NA NA In the Netherlands, schools connected to treatment centres in the health, social or justice sectors are part of the formal education system.

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 5

Ages 1 How many pupils of each age have an official decision of SEN in ISCED level 1: 2 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in ISCED level 1: 3 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in ISCED level 1: 4 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in ISCED level 1: 5 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in ISCED level 1: Sources used Notes
< 3 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0 Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Question 2: Until 2014, pupils with special educational needs were receiving 'backpack financing', which they could use for mainstream education or special education. These pupils were registered. Since 2014, 'backpack financing' no longer exists, so there is no registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education. Question 3: There is no data collection of special classes in regular schools. Special classes are possible and allowed, but there is no central registration. Question 5: In the Netherlands, schools connected to treatment centres in the health, social or justice sectors are part of the formal education system.
3 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
4 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
5 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
6 year olds 2,807 NA NA 2,807 0
7 year olds 3,098 NA NA 3,098 0
8 year olds 3,781 NA NA 3,781 0
9 year olds 4,451 NA NA 4,451 0
10 year olds 4,843 NA NA 4,843 0
11 year olds 5,333 NA NA 5,333 0
12 year olds 3,155 NA NA 3,155 0
13 year olds 427 NA NA 427 0
14 year olds 22 NA NA 22 0
15 year olds 14 NA NA 14 0
16 year olds 13 NA NA 13 0
17 year olds 6 NA NA 6 0
18 year olds 4 NA NA 4 0
19 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
20 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
21 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
22 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
23 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
>23 year olds 2 NA NA 2 0

Netherlands - 2014_2015 - Table 6

Ages 1 How many pupils of each age have an official decision of SEN in ISCED level 1: 2 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in formal mainstream educational settings with their non disabled peers of the same age for at least 80% of the time in ISCED level 1: 3 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special classes in mainstream schools in ISCED level 1: 4 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in separate special schools in ISCED level 1: 5 How many pupils of each age with an official decision of SEN are educated in non-formal educational provision maintained by the education, health, social or justice sectors in ISCED level 1: Sources used Notes
< 3 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0 Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Question 2: Until 2014, pupils with special educational needs were receiving 'backpack financing', which they could use for mainstream education or special education. These pupils were registered. Since 2014, 'backpack financing' no longer exists, so there is no registration of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream education. Question 3: There is no data collection of special classes in regular schools. Special classes are possible and allowed, but there is no central registration. Question 5: In the Netherlands, schools connected to treatment centres in the health, social or justice sectors are part of the formal education system.
3 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
4 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
5 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
6 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
7 year olds 0 NA NA 0 0
8 year olds 3 NA NA 3 0
9 year olds 7 NA NA 7 0
10 year olds 12 NA NA 12 0
11 year olds 78 NA NA 78 0
12 year olds 2,497 NA NA 2,497 0
13 year olds 5,591 NA NA 5,591 0
14 year olds 6,868 NA NA 6,868 0
15 year olds 7,261 NA NA 7,261 0
16 year olds 7,053 NA NA 7,053 0
17 year olds 5,385 NA NA 5,385 0
18 year olds 2,739 NA NA 2,739 0
19 year olds 1,262 NA NA 1,262 0
20 year olds 221 NA NA 221 0
21 year olds 69 NA NA 69 0
22 year olds 35 NA NA 35 0
23 year olds 7 NA NA 7 0
>23 year olds 7 NA NA 7 0

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