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Education in Finland – Learning from A World Class System

April 23, 2016




9:30 Coffee and registration

10:00 Opening of the seminar
Why this conference – What can we learn from Finnish education system?

10:20 The Finnish Education System
Brief overview of the Education system in Finland
What is it we do that makes us a world class education system?
                            Mr. Aulis Pitkälä, Director General, Finnish National Board of Education

11:15 How our system works locally
Education system in the city of Jyväskylä
What kind of regulations do we have at the local level?
The Curriculum at the local level – How are we steering our schools?
Assessment at the local level
How are schools financed locally?
                            Mr. Eino Leisimo, Director of Education in the city of Jyväskylä

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Basic education (Primary age) in Finland
Teachers profession in the basic education
Teacher education – Why are the teachers so skilled and why is the profession is so valued?
Everyday life in a Finnish class room
The pupils’ role in learning process
The implementation of the curriculum – The pedagogical basis for basic education
                             Ms. Sari Kontra, Teacher, MaE

13:45 Early childhood education in Finland
Teachers profession in early childhood education
Practical level – Everyday life in a Finnish Kindergarten
Children´s role in learning and development process
The implementation of the curriculum – The pedagogical basis for early childhood education.
It is more than OK to play in kindergarten – But why?
                               Ms. Piia Roos, PhD, Teacher of early years
                               Ms. Janniina Elo, PhD candidate, Teacher of early years

14:30 A British perspective ¬ and Open Panel Questions
                               Mr. Mike Millman, NAHT West Midlands Regional Secretary
                               Mr. Simon Leigh, School Business and Data Manager
                               Ms. Maria Hall, Assistant Head (Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1)

15:05 Conference summary
Your chance to visit Finland and see the Finnish Education system for yourself.
                               Mr. Mike Millman

15:15 Conference closes


April 23, 2016


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Melina Rauhala

Ms. Rauhala (B.A.) is an educational sciences student at the University of Turku with studies also in the fields of psychology, business and HR, and sociology. As an education major, she is passionate about lifelong learning and the Finnish education system. She believes in change through education. In addition, Ms. Rauhala loves to learn new languages.  She completed an Erasmus + university exchange in Spain as a part of her studies and wants to work toward everyone getting international learning opportunities. Ms. Rauhala is working for VisitEDUfinn part-time while finishing her studies. 



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