Finnish Education Model

The Finnish education system

Enjoys high rankings and it is well perceived by policy makers, educators and parents.

The Finnish model focuses on the student, first and foremost, as well as on:

  • Student-centred working approaches
  • Learning environments
  • Students’ activity and interaction with teachers, other students and the whole
  • school community.

Teachers have:

  • High levels of content knowledge;
  • Strong pedagogical skills;
  • Variety of methodological tools and approaches to serve the individual needs of each child.

The model puts emphasis on:

  • Student-centred learning;
  • Student intellectual, mental and physical well-being;
  • Curricular coherence in achieving intellectual and competence-building learning outcomes;
  • Language and identity;
  • Assessment of and for learning;
  • The school as a professional learning community;
  • Home-school partnerships and the local community.


  • Acquire new knowledge and skills;
  • Guided to reflect on their learning, experiences and emotions;
  • The positive emotional experiences, the joy of learning, and the provision of creative activities foster learning and inspire the development of each individual learner’s skills. 

Development of Transversal Competencies