In our recent post – about teachers quitting the profession and the dire shortage of qualified teachers in England – we said we’d publish a reminder as to why Finland’s system of education is internationally respected, and why Finland is never short of teachers.
The following is part one of a brief summary:
Teaching is the most highly respected and the most over-subscribed profession in Finland.
The steering of all levels of education is based on clearly defined, collectively agreed, common national objectives.
Instead of controlling and monitoring, the focus in Finland is on supporting and developing the work of schools and teachers.
There is neither an inspection system of schools in Finland nor national tests in learning outcomes during basic education – on the basis of which schools could be placed in an order of superiority.
There are no ranking lists of schools.
Learning outcomes are assessed on the…
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