What is Finnish education? – This article originally appeared in Issue 49 of the UKEd Magazine. Click here to view.
Finnish education is not just about academic subjects, but 21st-century competencies and providing equal opportunities for all to succeed in life. The balanced curriculum gives arts, music, manual skills and other non-academic areas the same importance as traditional school subjects. There are no standardized testing (apart from A-levels in high-school) or school inspectors continuously checking on the quality of teaching. And yet, Finnish students score well in international tests such as Timms, Pirls and PISA.
Finnish teachers hold a Master’s degree and continuously develop their profession. Finland is renowned for teacher autonomy. Teachers and principals are trusted professionals who know what is best for the children in their schools. Teaching targets are set by the national curriculum, but within this framework teaching and choice of tools is highly independent.
The education policies and system support teachers to do their work in the most effective way. Working conditions, trust, respect and competitive salary help them to commit to their chosen profession for a lifetime.
@pirre74 Founder of ALO Finland – Finland