Background material on this page contains information and links concerned with the education systems in Finland. Its main goal is to supply participants of our courses in Finland with information for their preparation and for further work on the subject.
For short introduction we refer to the publications of the EU-MAIL project and to videos on YouTube. For deeper research we recommend the website of the Finnish National Agency for Education and of EURYDICE, the European platform.
The anti-mobbing programme KiVa is also of interest for understanding Finnish efforts to provide a peaceful atmosphere for learning in schools.
Comenius-2.1 project EU-MAIL
Forum Eltern und Schule organises courses in Finland since 2003. In the same year EU-MAIL started which was co-ordinated by Forum. 14 partners from Finland, Sweden, Norway, England and Germany researched on the conditions of success for individualised learning in mixed-ability groups.
Even though the Finnish education system has changed during the past 12 years, the following material still offers relevant information and a good entry.
Liisa Kyyrönen, Jorma Ojala:
Individualised learning in mixed ability groups in Finland
in: Dimenäs, J. / Andresen, R. / Cruickshank, M. / Ojala, J. / Ratzki, A. (Hg.), Our Children - How can they succeed in school? A European Project about Mixed-Ability and Individualised Learning, Jyväskylä University Press, Jyväskylä 2006, p. 41-58
Liisa Kyyrönen, Kaija Kähkönen:
Reports from Finnish schools
in: Dimenäs, J. / Andresen, R. / Cruickshank, M. / Ojala, J. / Ratzki, A. (Hg.), Our Children - How can they succeed in school? A European Project about Mixed-Ability and Individualised Learning, Jyväskylä University Press, Jyväskylä 2006, p. 59-66
Going to school in Finland
The documentary film was produced by EU-MAIL partner FernUniversitšt Hagen.
All participants of our courses in Finland receive a copy of the DVD at no charge.
If you are interested in more detailed information about EU-MAIL please use the following link. The reports on the study visits might be especially interesting.
Videos on Youtube
On Youtube some interesting video contributions can be found on the subject of the Finish education system in general and especially on the subject of integrated education in Finland.
- Youtube search results for"education system finland"
- Youtube search results for"integrated education finland"
»KiVa is a research-based antibullying program that has been developed in the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The effectiveness of KiVa has been shown in a large randomized controlled trial. In Finland, KiVa is a sought-after program: most of all comprehensive schools in the country are registered KiVa schools implementing the program.«
Finnish National Agency for Education
For your orientation:
- Current issues
History and principles of educational policy, levels of schooling – and especially Support of Pupils and Students (in basic education, upper secondary and training).
Curricula and qualifications
Curricula for all levels of education. The complete present Curriculum 2014/15 has to be purchased. However a summary can be found under the following link:
Please note that the central curriculum presents only a frame, within which each school has to develop its own curriculum.
- current reforms
- anticipation of future demands for education
- Quality Assurance National Reference Point
Concerning the latter it is important to note that Finland has done without school inspectors since the 90s. Schools and communities are bound to internal evaluation complemented by external evaluation.
For further information the following link leads to EURYDICE:
On the issue of evalutation the Finnish National Agency for Education provides following document:
European Commission > EACEA National Policies Platform > Eurydice
Policy platform by the European Commission, offering detailed description of education systems in Europe
Description o the education system in Finland
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