Activity licence for private schools providing general education
- Legal bases
- Requirements for the applicant
- Cross-border operation
- Completing and submitting an application
- Payment of the state fee
- Processing the application
- Suspension of an activity licence and termination of economic activities
- Revocation of an activity licence
- Contact details
You need to apply for an activity licence for private school if you wish to provide education in a basic school or upper secondary school.
An activity licence for providing education is granted for three years and is issued by the Ministry of Education and Research.
The activity of and grant of activity licences to private schools providing general education is regulated by the following legislation:
- Private Schools Act;
- General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act;
- Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act.
For the grant of an activity licence, you need to comply with the following requirements:
- the competencies, skills and knowledge established as the objective of the curriculum can be attained under the curriculum;
- the material base of teaching allows for providing education at the respective level and meets the needs of the curriculum;
- based on the development plan, the sustainability of the private school is ensured;
- the head of the private school meets the requirements established in subsection 20 of the Child Protection Act;
- the private school has fulfilled the requirements of processing sensitive personal data arising from the Personal Data Protection Act;
- the owner of the private school and the private school comply with the requirements established for the management of a private school;
- you have paid the state fee.
If an undertaking has been established in another contracting state of the European Economic Area but also wishes to provide continuous services in Estonia, the undertaking must act in accordance with the present guidelines.
Information for operating in other countries of the European Economic Area can be found from the EUGO point of single contact of the respective country.
An application for an activity licence must be submitted no later than five months before the start of the implementation of the curriculum.
For the grant of an activity licence, please submit an application with the following additional documents:
- the statutes of the private school;
- the curriculum that serves as the basis for education for the provision of which an activity licence is applied for and complies with the requirements established by law;
- development plan of the private school;
- a certificate certifying that the head of the private school and the persons belonging to the management bodies of the owner of the private school comply with the requirements set out in subsections 19 (2) and (3) of the Private Schools Act;
- certificate of the owner of the school certifying that the head of the school, the head teacher and teachers of the school comply with the qualifications and the school has the required teaching staff;
- information on the existence or use of the premises, buildings, furnishings, land and other property required for the activities of the private school under a leasing or tenancy contract and their compliance with the health, fire safety and rescue requirements (lease agreement, assessments of the Health Board and Rescue Board);
- written consent of the school health service provided regarding the provision of the school health service and information on the existence of the school health service activity licence in a general educational institution;
- written opinions of the the local government.
NB! Please pay the state fee before submitting your application.
You can submit your application:
- digitally signed by e-mail to the Ministry of Education and Research at email@example.com;
- by sending a signed copy by regular mail to the Ministry of Education and Research on the address 50088 Tartu, Munga 18.
Please pay the state fee for the application for an activity licence to a bank account of the Ministry of Finance, adding the reference number 2900073546:
State fee for a basic education is 500 euros per each stage of study.
State fee for general secondary education is 500 euros.
The Ministry of Education and Research shall start counting the processing period of the application from the date of its submission. The application will be reviewed by the Ministry of Education and Research within 2 months, granted that all the required documents are correctly formalised and submitted.
The Ministry of Education and Research shall check the compliance of the documents with legislation.
If the application does not meet the requirements, i.e., the required data or documents have not been submitted or the application has other deficiencies, then the Ministry of Education and Research shall notify the applicant in writing, providing a time limit for the rectification of the deficiencies. If the deficiencies are not rectified for the set time limit, then the Ministry of Education and Research may refuse to process the application.
Upon the first application for an activity licence, a fixed-term activity licence will be issued.
If you wish to terminate activity in the chosen field, then please submit a notice of termination of economic activities to the Ministry of Education and Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to renounce economic activities temporarily, then please state the date of renouncement and re-commencement of economic activities on a notice of temporary renouncement of economic activities to be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Research at email@example.com.
An activity licence is revoked on the following grounds: intentional submission of incorrect information by an undertaking upon application for an activity licence, which affected the grant of a licence, provided that, if such information had not been submitted, the grant of an activity licence would have been denied; renouncement of economic activities by an undertaking; validity of a relevant prohibition on economic activities imposed by a court judgment or arising from law in a relevant area of activity in respect of an undertaking, except for validity of a prohibition on economic activities imposed pursuant to the General Part of the Economic Activities Code Act.
An activity licence may be revoked on the following grounds:
- teaching has not been commenced within 12 months after the granting of the activity licence or teaching has been suspended for 12 consecutive months;
- failure to commence economic activities within two years after issue of the activity licence or failure to pursue economic activities within two years; and, in the case of provision of services of general interest, failure to commence economic activities within 12 months as of the issue of the activity licence; or failure to pursue economic activities within 12 months or failure to commence economic activities within the term prescribed by a secondary condition of the activity licence;
- material violation of the conditions of an activity licence;
- a significant damage or danger caused to public order by the activity permitted by the activity licence, which did not exist or was not known at the time of grant of the activity licence and which overrides the interest of the undertaking in continuing the activity on the current conditions and which can be eliminated by amendment of the activity licence;
- changes to the secondary conditions of an activity licence.
State or administrative supervision over the educational activities shall be exercised by the Ministry of Education and Research or the county governor of the location at the assignment of the Minister of Education and Research.
Sigre Kuiv, The Ministry of Education and Research, chief expert, phone +372 735 0160, firstname.lastname@example.org
General information and technical questions regarding the register
The Estonian Education Information System, phone +372 735 0577, +372 735 0574, e-mail email@example.com