The Finnish education system enjoys high rankings and is highly regarded by policy makers, educators and parents. The Finnish model focuses on the student first and foremost. Curriculum implementation and organisation of schoolwork is based on a concept of learning that focuses on students’ activities and interaction with teachers, other students and the whole school community.
The teaching and learning approach is thematic, integrated and learner-centred. Instruction provides students with the opportunity for successful academic achievement alongside holistic development.
Their Finnish pedagogical expertise enhances teachers’ capacities to select the methodologies and teaching styles that best suit them. Finnish pedagogical expertise lies very much within each teacher and his or her capacity to choose approaches and working methods that best suit each.
Core elements behind the excellence in Finnish education:
Highly qualified teaching staff
Inspiring learning environment
Constructive and supportive assessment
Flexible and varying working approaches
Cohesive classroom management practices
Joint conception of learning and teaching