Benchmarking the schools of Sweden, Finland and Estonia

Choose from a combination of:
• Finland, Sweden amd Estonia
• Sweden and Estonia
• Finland and Estonia

This course aims to compare these two educational systems and provide a matrix for comparison with the participants’ own practice.

SWEDEN - studies such as Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) have indicated a deteriorating performance in these tables among Swedish children in recent years.

FINLAND - education has been a national priority for over three decades, with the country developing a unique holistic approach that continues to evolve and has produced significant results; often being hailed as a world-class education system, the country nears the top of the PISA ranking.

ESTONIA - has risen to first place in parts of the PISA tables.

The relevance of and reliance on the PISA studies are now questioned by many educators and policy makers. Critics of the standardised tests argue that the studies are too focused on math and science, and altogether exclude areas of education that stimulate personal growth, morality and creativity.

Course includes:

  • Choose from a combination of study visits and job shadowing in Finland and Sweden; OR Estonia, Sweden and Estonia; OR Finland and Estonia: observing lessons, meetings with head teachers, teachers and pupils at appropriate school levels.
  • Lectures comparing the results of International comparisons the two countries systems and practical workshops about lessons learned from PISA and TIMMS on school development and management.
  • All-inclusive food and accommodation, full cultural program, evening events, travel between countries.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course, participants will be able to compare programmes and curricula and place them in context of their own system

Participants will be encouraged to compare the following with their own country’s schools:

  • Education Acts - The Swedish, Finnish and Estonia Education Acts contains basic principles and provisions for compulsory and further education, pre-school, pre-school year, out-of-school care and adult education.
  • New curricula - Both countries have recently consolidated new curricula for compulsory schools for all students. The curricula contain new general goals, guidelines and syllabuses, encouraging innovation and School development.
  • Grading systems - When is grading introduced, at what age and at what level? How do the grading systems progress up to university and vocational level entrance? How do the grading systems compare to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), the standard grading system for higher education in Europe?
  • Teachers in Focus - How does the teachers’ education compare? How do teachers experience their work and conditions? The pastoral role of the teacher.
  • Children in Focus Coaching, teacher/student agents. The role of the Youth Workers. Support systems. Special needs provision. PTA.
  • Provision for refugees and migrants

EUcourses can adapt courses with specific topics such as STEM, Arts, Humanities, Languages, Special Needs etc. for separate groups.

The courses comply fully with the Erasmus+ (Erasmus Plus) European criteria for mobility grants. We provide full modules for preparation, monitoring and validation.

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Course dates

You can Apply Now for you and your colleagues to participate in these Benchmarking courses:

28 August-03 September 2022: Stockholm, Sweden

27 August-02 September 2023: Stockholm, Sweden

25 - 31 August 2024: Stockholm, Sweden

Course Information

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Benchmarking the schools of Sweden and Finland

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