Educational Innovation in Finland

Participants in this course will learn all about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality development plan in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland).
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Educational Innovation in Finland
One the one hand, Finland developed an education system to tackle the challenges of the future, but on the other hand the system is embedded in Finnish culture and tradition. The country succeeded in merging tradition and innovation. The system strengthens the profiles of the teaching professions by starting with a thorough initial teachers training, facilitating teacher continuous development, supporting teachers in developing innovative teaching and assessment methods; strengthening leadership in education, including distributed leadership and teacher leadership. Participants to this course will learn about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland). Finland provides increasing access to affordable and high quality education and care, and enhances the quality of systems and provision, in order to foster appropriate development of all learners. Example of programme: Focus 1: The Finnish society and Educational System: criteria for success. Focus 2: Quality management in education. Focus 3: The role of the teacher and teacher training reform. Focus 4: Transfer of quality elements to local context and action plan. Focus 5: Inclusion and differentiation. - Exchanges of ideas with teacher and management staff; - Cultural interaction with the local students and teachers; - Information sessions on quality plan, inclusion, didactical approaches, special needs education.

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City of the Course Joensuu
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Target Group Teachers and school staff: primary level, teachers and school staff: secondary level, teachers and school staff: special needs
Date/s of the Course

27 – 31 January 2020

Where to apply

Eekhout Academy



Participation Costs

We offer a flexible cost structure. This allows you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.

  • Course package (€ 650 = Participant doesn’t sleep or lunch in hotel and books another hotel on own behalf and takes care him/herself of the lunches)
  • Lunch package (€ 855 = Participant doesn’t sleep in the hotel and books another hotel on own behalf)
  • Full package ( € 1250 in a single room / € 1125 if you share a double room with a colleague = Participant uses all hotel accommodation offered by the course organizer)

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Competences Tackled

• Have a vision on school autonomy and its quality elements.
• Have visited Finnish schools, teacher training and university.
• Have information on quality plan, inclusion, didactical approaches, special needs education and ICT integration in the Finnish school system.
• Discussions with teacher and management staff.

EQF level 6
ECVET Point 3, in preparation for 2020

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Blended Learning Modalities Use of digital interactive software. Use of digital learning environment before, during and after the course (Canvas Instructor). Use of digital storage of shared information (Google Drive or Dropbox).
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Assessment Methods Permanent evaluation and feedback during the course. Warm evaluation at end of the course. Written evaluation after the course.
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European Dimension Guaranteed

The course is the result of a previous international project or collaboration. In Finland we have a partnership with a local in-service training organization, the Finnish Education Consortium RIVERIA, PIC 947752954. We have an active policy to include as many different nationalities as possible.

The course is based on and inspired by international research and literature. Participants coming from different EU countries ensure there is discussion and exchange of knowledge and experience.

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Organising Institute Eekhout Academy
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Contact Person

Charlotte Depoorter