What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?

What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
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              What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and
                  what is their promise over the next four decades?
    What kind of comprehensive school provides the best opportunities and tools
     for students to learn and acquire life skills and live up to their full potential?
The Ministry of Education and Culture              stakeholders were all invited to take part.
appointed a Comprehensive School Forum             The Forum worked collaboratively and actively
in 2016 to develop and reform the Finnish          to set up common goals and objectives for
comprehensive school system. The Forum             the future of comprehensive schools. Clear
was active throughout the 2017 centenary           means and measures for achieving these
celebration year of independence, and brought      objectives were also drawn up.
together all stakeholders in the basic education
system to formulate a vision for the future        The Comprehensive school Forum
of comprehensive schools. Teachers, school         is a part of the Government’s key project
principals, students, parents, researchers and     implementation involving the comprehensive
experts, municipalities, teacher unions,           school system reform and of the New
decision-makers, companies and other               Comprehensive School Action Plan.




                www.minedu.fi/en/new-comprehensive-education




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What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
To build the world’s best comprehensive                                                                           What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Systematic
                                                                                                                  ALL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS   Evidence of            Coherent and                           decision-
schools that offer equal educational opportunities                                                                MEET HIGH STANDARDS AND     learning and           flexible support                       making,
for everyone, all stakeholders must aim at the same long-                                                         OFFER EQUAL EDUCATIONAL     wellbeing              for development                        guidance
                                                                                                                  OPPORTUNITIES                                                                             and support
term objectives and foster a collaborative operational
culture. The decisions made at national level need to be
in line with the students’ everyday life and the schools’                                                         What?                       Why?                   How?                                   COMPETENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                            TEACHERS,
day-to-day activities. High-quality learning and students’                                                        Learning                    Effectiveness          Sense of community
                                                                                                                                                                                                            PRINCIPALS
                                                                                                                  communities develop         of education           and adaptable learning
wellbeing are bound together. Schools cannot do their                                                             professionally                                     environments                           AND OTHER
                                                                                                                                                                                                            SCHOOL STAFF
work properly without support from the society.

The Comprehensive school Forum has drawn up                                                                       What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Competent
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and self-
                                                                                                                  Students feel good          Competence-            Sense of community, edu-
policies and guidelines to merge the national perspective,                                                        about themselves            and inquiry-           cational cooperation and               confident
                                                                                                                                                                                                            children
combining the goals of education providers, teachers,                                                             and are motivated           based learning         personalised learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and young
                                                                                                                  to learn                                           paths with timely support
students and the community of growth. All stakeholders                                                                                                                                                      people
who took part in the work are committed to the common
objectives and decide individually how to schedule,                                                               What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Good
prioritise, allocate and implement the measures. The                                                              Wellbeing of families       Timely support         Child-, youth- and                     everyday
                                                                                                                  and responsible             based on               family-centred                         life to help
policies and guidelines help carry out the national core                                                          parenthood                  foresight              approach                               children
                                                                                                                                                                                                            learn
curriculum, promote learning, and enhance wellbeing.




Clear value basis as                 Support for teachers in              into account in schools. This en-       Wellbeing in school                  Research-based                         their skills and knowledge in
a starting point for                 a changing environment               sures equality and helps prevent        Schools play an important part       development                            different ways.
developing the basic                 and collaboration                    discrimination. Basic education         in supporting and promoting          All changes and developmental
education system                     Teachers should be supported         system must secure equity and           the wellbeing of students and        work in schools should be based        Sufficient resources
The value system of comprehen-       when changes take place in their     treat all students fairly so that       the school community. A positive     on research. This enhances the         for basic education
sive schools should be thoroughly    work and in the school commu-        they can reach their full potential     and encouraging approach             quality of teaching. The results       By making sure that all
examined and its structure will be   nity. Development plans for teach-   as they learn and work towards          helps generate motivation and        of experiments and pilot projects      comprehensive schools have
honed to cater to future needs.      ers and schools make it possible     the common goals. No one gets           wellbeing in schools. Wellbeing is   should be research-based and           sufficient resources, all students
                                     to shape schools in a goal-orient-   left behind.                            also a requirement for effective     analysed carefully.                    will be given equitable learning
Collaborative                        ed and systematic way. Collabora-                                            cognitive learning. Every school                                            opportunities on all levels.
school culture                       tion between educational experts     Strong basic skills                     has zero tolerance for bullying      Evaluation and                         The allocation of resources for
The collaborative school culture     that supports learning should be     pave the way to                         and discrimination.                  assessment                             additional support for special
and positive atmosphere should       streamlined and strengthened         future competencies                                                          supporting equity                      needs students and students
be strengthened. All students        both in schools and in the munici-   Quality basic education ensures         Good leadership                      Equal treatment of students            with an immigrant background
and teachers should be able          palities.                            good thinking, literacy and             Competent school management          should be guaranteed by                should be taken into
to participate in common                                                  numeracy skills. Strong basic           and leadership ensure high-          applying diverse, ethically sound      consideration.
interests and activities.            Personalised learning paths          skills are a solid building block for   quality teaching and a school        and commensurate assessment
                                     The personality and individual       lifelong learning and for acquiring     community focused on learning.       and feedback practices. Students
                                     needs of students should be taken    new skills and knowledge.                                                    should be allowed to demonstrate
What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
To build the world’s best comprehensive                                                                           What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Systematic
                                                                                                                  ALL COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS   Evidence of            Coherent and                           decision-
schools that offer equal educational opportunities                                                                MEET HIGH STANDARDS AND     learning and           flexible support                       making,
for everyone, all stakeholders must aim at the same long-                                                         OFFER EQUAL EDUCATIONAL     wellbeing              for development                        guidance
                                                                                                                  OPPORTUNITIES                                                                             and support
term objectives and foster a collaborative operational
culture. The decisions made at national level need to be
in line with the students’ everyday life and the schools’                                                         What?                       Why?                   How?                                   COMPETENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                            TEACHERS,
day-to-day activities. High-quality learning and students’                                                        Learning                    Effectiveness          Sense of community
                                                                                                                                                                                                            PRINCIPALS
                                                                                                                  communities develop         of education           and adaptable learning
wellbeing are bound together. Schools cannot do their                                                             professionally                                     environments                           AND OTHER
                                                                                                                                                                                                            SCHOOL STAFF
work properly without support from the society.

The Comprehensive school Forum has drawn up                                                                       What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Competent
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and self-
                                                                                                                  Students feel good          Competence-            Sense of community, edu-
policies and guidelines to merge the national perspective,                                                        about themselves            and inquiry-           cational cooperation and               confident
                                                                                                                                                                                                            children
combining the goals of education providers, teachers,                                                             and are motivated           based learning         personalised learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and young
                                                                                                                  to learn                                           paths with timely support
students and the community of growth. All stakeholders                                                                                                                                                      people
who took part in the work are committed to the common
objectives and decide individually how to schedule,                                                               What?                       Why?                   How?                                   Good
prioritise, allocate and implement the measures. The                                                              Wellbeing of families       Timely support         Child-, youth- and                     everyday
                                                                                                                  and responsible             based on               family-centred                         life to help
policies and guidelines help carry out the national core                                                          parenthood                  foresight              approach                               children
                                                                                                                                                                                                            learn
curriculum, promote learning, and enhance wellbeing.




Clear value basis as                 Support for teachers in              into account in schools. This en-       Wellbeing in school                  Research-based                         their skills and knowledge in
a starting point for                 a changing environment               sures equality and helps prevent        Schools play an important part       development                            different ways.
developing the basic                 and collaboration                    discrimination. Basic education         in supporting and promoting          All changes and developmental
education system                     Teachers should be supported         system must secure equity and           the wellbeing of students and        work in schools should be based        Sufficient resources
The value system of comprehen-       when changes take place in their     treat all students fairly so that       the school community. A positive     on research. This enhances the         for basic education
sive schools should be thoroughly    work and in the school commu-        they can reach their full potential     and encouraging approach             quality of teaching. The results       By making sure that all
examined and its structure will be   nity. Development plans for teach-   as they learn and work towards          helps generate motivation and        of experiments and pilot projects      comprehensive schools have
honed to cater to future needs.      ers and schools make it possible     the common goals. No one gets           wellbeing in schools. Wellbeing is   should be research-based and           sufficient resources, all students
                                     to shape schools in a goal-orient-   left behind.                            also a requirement for effective     analysed carefully.                    will be given equitable learning
Collaborative                        ed and systematic way. Collabora-                                            cognitive learning. Every school                                            opportunities on all levels.
school culture                       tion between educational experts     Strong basic skills                     has zero tolerance for bullying      Evaluation and                         The allocation of resources for
The collaborative school culture     that supports learning should be     pave the way to                         and discrimination.                  assessment                             additional support for special
and positive atmosphere should       streamlined and strengthened         future competencies                                                          supporting equity                      needs students and students
be strengthened. All students        both in schools and in the munici-   Quality basic education ensures         Good leadership                      Equal treatment of students            with an immigrant background
and teachers should be able          palities.                            good thinking, literacy and             Competent school management          should be guaranteed by                should be taken into
to participate in common                                                  numeracy skills. Strong basic           and leadership ensure high-          applying diverse, ethically sound      consideration.
interests and activities.            Personalised learning paths          skills are a solid building block for   quality teaching and a school        and commensurate assessment
                                     The personality and individual       lifelong learning and for acquiring     community focused on learning.       and feedback practices. Students
                                     needs of students should be taken    new skills and knowledge.                                                    should be allowed to demonstrate
What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
National perspective                                                                                           Education provider                                                                                          Schools and students                                                                                                                    Community
             Systematic decision-making,                                                                               Competent teachers, principals                                                                                     Competent and self-confident                                                                                             of growth
                guidance and support                                                                                      and other school staff                                                                                          children and young people                                                                                                     Good everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            life to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        help children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             learn


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sense of community,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    educational
                                                                                                        Learning                                                                  Sense of                                Students feel                                                             cooperation and
ALL COMPREHENSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                         good about                            Competence-                         personalised
SCHOOLS MEET                                                                                            communities                                                               community and
                                                                                                        develop                               Effectiveness                       adaptable learning                      themselves and are                    and inquiry-based                   learning paths
HIGH STANDARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                            motivated to learn                    learning                            with timely support
AND OFFER EQUAL                   Evidence of                        Coherent and                       professionally                        of education                        environments                                                                                                                                           Wellbeing of
EDUCATIONAL                       learning and                       flexible support                                                                                                                                     WE STRUCTURE the school               WE PROMOTE a pedagogical            WE ENSURE that the surrounding       families and                       Timely support                   Child-, youth-
OPPORTUNITIES                     wellbeing                          for development                    WE DRAW UP locally tailored
                                                                                                        development plans for the
                                                                                                                                              WE APPLY knowledge-based
                                                                                                                                              leadership at all levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE CREATE better opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                  for teachers to work together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day so that it promotes children’s    approach that boosts students’      community truly participates in      responsible                        based on                         and family-centred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and students’ wellbeing.              learning-to-learn-skills and        the planning and implementation
                                                                                                        education sector.                     Development work is based on        and mentor each other.                                                        self-management skills.             of everyday activities in schools.   parenthood                         foresight                        approach
WE ENABLE a pedagogically         WE COORDINATE data and             WE ENSURE that our education                                             research and evaluation data.                                               WE INTEGRATE different
single-structured basic           information collection on the      system is based on the long-term   WE ADVOCATE peer-learning,                                                WE TAKE a community-based               subjects and promote                  WE ENABLE experiential learning     WE INTRODUCE language-
education system.                 education sector and apply it      systematic education policy in     promote team teaching and             WE MAKE SURE that the fulfilling    approach when navigating through        collaborative modes of studying.      and activating learning methods.    aware learning methods in            WE COOPERATE systematically        WE GIVE parents information      WE TAKE the conditions and
                                  systematically in national-level   place at any given time.           encourage cooperation between         of objectives is thoroughly         changes in the school culture.                                                                                    all school subjects.                 with the surrounding community     and advice on education and      life situations of children and
WE MAKE sure that all schools                                                                           schools and teachers.                 monitored and assessed.                                                     WE MAKE SURE that the strengths       WE PROMOTE learning methods                                              and society.                       learning.                        young people into account
are able to evolve and develop
                                  guidance.
                                                                     WE INVEST in giving effective                                                                                WE ENSURE wellbeing at work             and skills of students are embraced   and environments that advance       WE PROMOTE intercultural
                                                                                                        WE ENHANCE continuous, long-          WE APPLY positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comprehensively.
the school culture.               WE APPLY positive                  support for implementing the                                                                                 and offer professional guidance.        and made visible in the school        collaborative learning and enable   understanding and constructive       WE ENCOURAGE parents to            WE REINFORCE appropriate
                                  discrimination measures in         national core curriculum.          term and collaborative professional   discrimination in schools with
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE ENCOURAGE trying new                 environment.                          the participation of students.      interaction and collaboration.       adopt positive attitudes towards   patterns and models of           WE DEVELOP common
WE SUPPORT educational            challenging conditions and                                            development by applying personal      challenging conditions.                                                                                                                                                                    education and support their        behaviour.                       modes of operation together
leadership throughout the                                            WE CREATE tools and indicators     development plans.                                                        ways and pursuing a culture             WE ENSURE that every interactive      WE ENSURE that teaching             WE TAKE students’ personal
                                  environments.                                                                                               WE COOPERATE and share                                                                                                                                                                     children to learn.                                                  with various stakeholders using
education sector.                                                    to support evaluation, quality                                                                               of experimentation and a                situation is unhurried and that       practices and students’             skills and knowledge into                                               WE PROMOTE the participation     a child-, youth- and family-
                                  WE CREATE tools for                assessment and development         WE EXECUTE the national               expertise and know-how              development-oriented approach.          children and young people are         learning skills and progress        account in teaching and studying.    WE HIGHLIGHT the positive          and engagement of children and
WE GUARANTEE equal                                                                                      guidelines and recommendations        systematically with professionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centred approach.
                                  knowledge-based leadership         at the local level.                                                                                          WE IMPROVE the conditions for           respected.                            in studies are consistent.                                               activities at schools.             young people in municipal and
learning opportunities for all    in education.                                                         of the Teacher Education Forum.       in different fields.                                                                                                                                  WE GIVE timely support for                                              community planning.              WE ENCOURAGE all families
by investing in early childhood                                      WE ENSURE adequate basic                                                                                     asylum seekers and immigrants to        WE GUIDE students so that they                                            growth and learning for              WE PLAN the school day in                                           to interact, to work together
education and care.               WE ENSURE a seamless               funding and we work to amass       WE ENSURE proper pedagogical                                              enhance their potential for learning.   become aware of their own learning                                        every child and young person.        collaboration with different       WE MAKE SURE that children,
                                                                                                        leadership conditions and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and be involved.
                                  personal learning path             national development funding.                                                                                                                        potential and learning process.                                                                                professionals to support           young people and families
WE PROMOTE the principle                                                                                opportunities for school principals                                                                                                                                                         WE CREATE a safe learning            wellbeing.                         engage in development work       WE ADVOCATE that all children
                                  for everybody.
that parents can rest assured                                        WE UPDATE legislation to           and other senior officials in the                                                                                                                                                           environment that helps students                                         locally.                         and young people are able to
that every neighbourhood                                             meet objectives at all levels.     education sector to develop                                                                                                                                                                 focus on learning and that shows                                                                         engage in hobbies and other
school is of high quality.                                                                              professionally.                                                                                                                                                                             respect for each other’s work.                                                                           leisure activities.
What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
National perspective                                                                                           Education provider                                                                                          Schools and students                                                                                                                    Community
             Systematic decision-making,                                                                               Competent teachers, principals                                                                                     Competent and self-confident                                                                                             of growth
                guidance and support                                                                                      and other school staff                                                                                          children and young people                                                                                                     Good everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            life to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        help children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             learn


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sense of community,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    educational
                                                                                                        Learning                                                                  Sense of                                Students feel                                                             cooperation and
ALL COMPREHENSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                         good about                            Competence-                         personalised
SCHOOLS MEET                                                                                            communities                                                               community and
                                                                                                        develop                               Effectiveness                       adaptable learning                      themselves and are                    and inquiry-based                   learning paths
HIGH STANDARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                            motivated to learn                    learning                            with timely support
AND OFFER EQUAL                   Evidence of                        Coherent and                       professionally                        of education                        environments                                                                                                                                           Wellbeing of
EDUCATIONAL                       learning and                       flexible support                                                                                                                                     WE STRUCTURE the school               WE PROMOTE a pedagogical            WE ENSURE that the surrounding       families and                       Timely support                   Child-, youth-
OPPORTUNITIES                     wellbeing                          for development                    WE DRAW UP locally tailored
                                                                                                        development plans for the
                                                                                                                                              WE APPLY knowledge-based
                                                                                                                                              leadership at all levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE CREATE better opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                  for teachers to work together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day so that it promotes children’s    approach that boosts students’      community truly participates in      responsible                        based on                         and family-centred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and students’ wellbeing.              learning-to-learn-skills and        the planning and implementation
                                                                                                        education sector.                     Development work is based on        and mentor each other.                                                        self-management skills.             of everyday activities in schools.   parenthood                         foresight                        approach
WE ENABLE a pedagogically         WE COORDINATE data and             WE ENSURE that our education                                             research and evaluation data.                                               WE INTEGRATE different
single-structured basic           information collection on the      system is based on the long-term   WE ADVOCATE peer-learning,                                                WE TAKE a community-based               subjects and promote                  WE ENABLE experiential learning     WE INTRODUCE language-
education system.                 education sector and apply it      systematic education policy in     promote team teaching and             WE MAKE SURE that the fulfilling    approach when navigating through        collaborative modes of studying.      and activating learning methods.    aware learning methods in            WE COOPERATE systematically        WE GIVE parents information      WE TAKE the conditions and
                                  systematically in national-level   place at any given time.           encourage cooperation between         of objectives is thoroughly         changes in the school culture.                                                                                    all school subjects.                 with the surrounding community     and advice on education and      life situations of children and
WE MAKE sure that all schools                                                                           schools and teachers.                 monitored and assessed.                                                     WE MAKE SURE that the strengths       WE PROMOTE learning methods                                              and society.                       learning.                        young people into account
are able to evolve and develop
                                  guidance.
                                                                     WE INVEST in giving effective                                                                                WE ENSURE wellbeing at work             and skills of students are embraced   and environments that advance       WE PROMOTE intercultural
                                                                                                        WE ENHANCE continuous, long-          WE APPLY positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comprehensively.
the school culture.               WE APPLY positive                  support for implementing the                                                                                 and offer professional guidance.        and made visible in the school        collaborative learning and enable   understanding and constructive       WE ENCOURAGE parents to            WE REINFORCE appropriate
                                  discrimination measures in         national core curriculum.          term and collaborative professional   discrimination in schools with
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE ENCOURAGE trying new                 environment.                          the participation of students.      interaction and collaboration.       adopt positive attitudes towards   patterns and models of           WE DEVELOP common
WE SUPPORT educational            challenging conditions and                                            development by applying personal      challenging conditions.                                                                                                                                                                    education and support their        behaviour.                       modes of operation together
leadership throughout the                                            WE CREATE tools and indicators     development plans.                                                        ways and pursuing a culture             WE ENSURE that every interactive      WE ENSURE that teaching             WE TAKE students’ personal
                                  environments.                                                                                               WE COOPERATE and share                                                                                                                                                                     children to learn.                                                  with various stakeholders using
education sector.                                                    to support evaluation, quality                                                                               of experimentation and a                situation is unhurried and that       practices and students’             skills and knowledge into                                               WE PROMOTE the participation     a child-, youth- and family-
                                  WE CREATE tools for                assessment and development         WE EXECUTE the national               expertise and know-how              development-oriented approach.          children and young people are         learning skills and progress        account in teaching and studying.    WE HIGHLIGHT the positive          and engagement of children and
WE GUARANTEE equal                                                                                      guidelines and recommendations        systematically with professionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centred approach.
                                  knowledge-based leadership         at the local level.                                                                                          WE IMPROVE the conditions for           respected.                            in studies are consistent.                                               activities at schools.             young people in municipal and
learning opportunities for all    in education.                                                         of the Teacher Education Forum.       in different fields.                                                                                                                                  WE GIVE timely support for                                              community planning.              WE ENCOURAGE all families
by investing in early childhood                                      WE ENSURE adequate basic                                                                                     asylum seekers and immigrants to        WE GUIDE students so that they                                            growth and learning for              WE PLAN the school day in                                           to interact, to work together
education and care.               WE ENSURE a seamless               funding and we work to amass       WE ENSURE proper pedagogical                                              enhance their potential for learning.   become aware of their own learning                                        every child and young person.        collaboration with different       WE MAKE SURE that children,
                                                                                                        leadership conditions and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and be involved.
                                  personal learning path             national development funding.                                                                                                                        potential and learning process.                                                                                professionals to support           young people and families
WE PROMOTE the principle                                                                                opportunities for school principals                                                                                                                                                         WE CREATE a safe learning            wellbeing.                         engage in development work       WE ADVOCATE that all children
                                  for everybody.
that parents can rest assured                                        WE UPDATE legislation to           and other senior officials in the                                                                                                                                                           environment that helps students                                         locally.                         and young people are able to
that every neighbourhood                                             meet objectives at all levels.     education sector to develop                                                                                                                                                                 focus on learning and that shows                                                                         engage in hobbies and other
school is of high quality.                                                                              professionally.                                                                                                                                                                             respect for each other’s work.                                                                           leisure activities.
What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and what is their promise over the next four decades?
National perspective                                                                                           Education provider                                                                                          Schools and students                                                                                                                    Community
             Systematic decision-making,                                                                               Competent teachers, principals                                                                                     Competent and self-confident                                                                                             of growth
                guidance and support                                                                                      and other school staff                                                                                          children and young people                                                                                                     Good everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            life to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        help children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             learn


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sense of community,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    educational
                                                                                                        Learning                                                                  Sense of                                Students feel                                                             cooperation and
ALL COMPREHENSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                         good about                            Competence-                         personalised
SCHOOLS MEET                                                                                            communities                                                               community and
                                                                                                        develop                               Effectiveness                       adaptable learning                      themselves and are                    and inquiry-based                   learning paths
HIGH STANDARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                            motivated to learn                    learning                            with timely support
AND OFFER EQUAL                   Evidence of                        Coherent and                       professionally                        of education                        environments                                                                                                                                           Wellbeing of
EDUCATIONAL                       learning and                       flexible support                                                                                                                                     WE STRUCTURE the school               WE PROMOTE a pedagogical            WE ENSURE that the surrounding       families and                       Timely support                   Child-, youth-
OPPORTUNITIES                     wellbeing                          for development                    WE DRAW UP locally tailored
                                                                                                        development plans for the
                                                                                                                                              WE APPLY knowledge-based
                                                                                                                                              leadership at all levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE CREATE better opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                  for teachers to work together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day so that it promotes children’s    approach that boosts students’      community truly participates in      responsible                        based on                         and family-centred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and students’ wellbeing.              learning-to-learn-skills and        the planning and implementation
                                                                                                        education sector.                     Development work is based on        and mentor each other.                                                        self-management skills.             of everyday activities in schools.   parenthood                         foresight                        approach
WE ENABLE a pedagogically         WE COORDINATE data and             WE ENSURE that our education                                             research and evaluation data.                                               WE INTEGRATE different
single-structured basic           information collection on the      system is based on the long-term   WE ADVOCATE peer-learning,                                                WE TAKE a community-based               subjects and promote                  WE ENABLE experiential learning     WE INTRODUCE language-
education system.                 education sector and apply it      systematic education policy in     promote team teaching and             WE MAKE SURE that the fulfilling    approach when navigating through        collaborative modes of studying.      and activating learning methods.    aware learning methods in            WE COOPERATE systematically        WE GIVE parents information      WE TAKE the conditions and
                                  systematically in national-level   place at any given time.           encourage cooperation between         of objectives is thoroughly         changes in the school culture.                                                                                    all school subjects.                 with the surrounding community     and advice on education and      life situations of children and
WE MAKE sure that all schools                                                                           schools and teachers.                 monitored and assessed.                                                     WE MAKE SURE that the strengths       WE PROMOTE learning methods                                              and society.                       learning.                        young people into account
are able to evolve and develop
                                  guidance.
                                                                     WE INVEST in giving effective                                                                                WE ENSURE wellbeing at work             and skills of students are embraced   and environments that advance       WE PROMOTE intercultural
                                                                                                        WE ENHANCE continuous, long-          WE APPLY positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comprehensively.
the school culture.               WE APPLY positive                  support for implementing the                                                                                 and offer professional guidance.        and made visible in the school        collaborative learning and enable   understanding and constructive       WE ENCOURAGE parents to            WE REINFORCE appropriate
                                  discrimination measures in         national core curriculum.          term and collaborative professional   discrimination in schools with
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE ENCOURAGE trying new                 environment.                          the participation of students.      interaction and collaboration.       adopt positive attitudes towards   patterns and models of           WE DEVELOP common
WE SUPPORT educational            challenging conditions and                                            development by applying personal      challenging conditions.                                                                                                                                                                    education and support their        behaviour.                       modes of operation together
leadership throughout the                                            WE CREATE tools and indicators     development plans.                                                        ways and pursuing a culture             WE ENSURE that every interactive      WE ENSURE that teaching             WE TAKE students’ personal
                                  environments.                                                                                               WE COOPERATE and share                                                                                                                                                                     children to learn.                                                  with various stakeholders using
education sector.                                                    to support evaluation, quality                                                                               of experimentation and a                situation is unhurried and that       practices and students’             skills and knowledge into                                               WE PROMOTE the participation     a child-, youth- and family-
                                  WE CREATE tools for                assessment and development         WE EXECUTE the national               expertise and know-how              development-oriented approach.          children and young people are         learning skills and progress        account in teaching and studying.    WE HIGHLIGHT the positive          and engagement of children and
WE GUARANTEE equal                                                                                      guidelines and recommendations        systematically with professionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centred approach.
                                  knowledge-based leadership         at the local level.                                                                                          WE IMPROVE the conditions for           respected.                            in studies are consistent.                                               activities at schools.             young people in municipal and
learning opportunities for all    in education.                                                         of the Teacher Education Forum.       in different fields.                                                                                                                                  WE GIVE timely support for                                              community planning.              WE ENCOURAGE all families
by investing in early childhood                                      WE ENSURE adequate basic                                                                                     asylum seekers and immigrants to        WE GUIDE students so that they                                            growth and learning for              WE PLAN the school day in                                           to interact, to work together
education and care.               WE ENSURE a seamless               funding and we work to amass       WE ENSURE proper pedagogical                                              enhance their potential for learning.   become aware of their own learning                                        every child and young person.        collaboration with different       WE MAKE SURE that children,
                                                                                                        leadership conditions and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and be involved.
                                  personal learning path             national development funding.                                                                                                                        potential and learning process.                                                                                professionals to support           young people and families
WE PROMOTE the principle                                                                                opportunities for school principals                                                                                                                                                         WE CREATE a safe learning            wellbeing.                         engage in development work       WE ADVOCATE that all children
                                  for everybody.
that parents can rest assured                                        WE UPDATE legislation to           and other senior officials in the                                                                                                                                                           environment that helps students                                         locally.                         and young people are able to
that every neighbourhood                                             meet objectives at all levels.     education sector to develop                                                                                                                                                                 focus on learning and that shows                                                                         engage in hobbies and other
school is of high quality.                                                                              professionally.                                                                                                                                                                             respect for each other’s work.                                                                           leisure activities.
National perspective                                                                                           Education provider                                                                                          Schools and students                                                                                                                    Community
             Systematic decision-making,                                                                               Competent teachers, principals                                                                                     Competent and self-confident                                                                                             of growth
                guidance and support                                                                                      and other school staff                                                                                          children and young people                                                                                                     Good everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            life to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        help children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             learn


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sense of community,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    educational
                                                                                                        Learning                                                                  Sense of                                Students feel                                                             cooperation and
ALL COMPREHENSIVE                                                                                                                                                                                                         good about                            Competence-                         personalised
SCHOOLS MEET                                                                                            communities                                                               community and
                                                                                                        develop                               Effectiveness                       adaptable learning                      themselves and are                    and inquiry-based                   learning paths
HIGH STANDARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                            motivated to learn                    learning                            with timely support
AND OFFER EQUAL                   Evidence of                        Coherent and                       professionally                        of education                        environments                                                                                                                                           Wellbeing of
EDUCATIONAL                       learning and                       flexible support                                                                                                                                     WE STRUCTURE the school               WE PROMOTE a pedagogical            WE ENSURE that the surrounding       families and                       Timely support                   Child-, youth-
OPPORTUNITIES                     wellbeing                          for development                    WE DRAW UP locally tailored
                                                                                                        development plans for the
                                                                                                                                              WE APPLY knowledge-based
                                                                                                                                              leadership at all levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE CREATE better opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                  for teachers to work together
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          day so that it promotes children’s    approach that boosts students’      community truly participates in      responsible                        based on                         and family-centred
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and students’ wellbeing.              learning-to-learn-skills and        the planning and implementation
                                                                                                        education sector.                     Development work is based on        and mentor each other.                                                        self-management skills.             of everyday activities in schools.   parenthood                         foresight                        approach
WE ENABLE a pedagogically         WE COORDINATE data and             WE ENSURE that our education                                             research and evaluation data.                                               WE INTEGRATE different
single-structured basic           information collection on the      system is based on the long-term   WE ADVOCATE peer-learning,                                                WE TAKE a community-based               subjects and promote                  WE ENABLE experiential learning     WE INTRODUCE language-
education system.                 education sector and apply it      systematic education policy in     promote team teaching and             WE MAKE SURE that the fulfilling    approach when navigating through        collaborative modes of studying.      and activating learning methods.    aware learning methods in            WE COOPERATE systematically        WE GIVE parents information      WE TAKE the conditions and
                                  systematically in national-level   place at any given time.           encourage cooperation between         of objectives is thoroughly         changes in the school culture.                                                                                    all school subjects.                 with the surrounding community     and advice on education and      life situations of children and
WE MAKE sure that all schools                                                                           schools and teachers.                 monitored and assessed.                                                     WE MAKE SURE that the strengths       WE PROMOTE learning methods                                              and society.                       learning.                        young people into account
are able to evolve and develop
                                  guidance.
                                                                     WE INVEST in giving effective                                                                                WE ENSURE wellbeing at work             and skills of students are embraced   and environments that advance       WE PROMOTE intercultural
                                                                                                        WE ENHANCE continuous, long-          WE APPLY positive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              comprehensively.
the school culture.               WE APPLY positive                  support for implementing the                                                                                 and offer professional guidance.        and made visible in the school        collaborative learning and enable   understanding and constructive       WE ENCOURAGE parents to            WE REINFORCE appropriate
                                  discrimination measures in         national core curriculum.          term and collaborative professional   discrimination in schools with
                                                                                                                                                                                  WE ENCOURAGE trying new                 environment.                          the participation of students.      interaction and collaboration.       adopt positive attitudes towards   patterns and models of           WE DEVELOP common
WE SUPPORT educational            challenging conditions and                                            development by applying personal      challenging conditions.                                                                                                                                                                    education and support their        behaviour.                       modes of operation together
leadership throughout the                                            WE CREATE tools and indicators     development plans.                                                        ways and pursuing a culture             WE ENSURE that every interactive      WE ENSURE that teaching             WE TAKE students’ personal
                                  environments.                                                                                               WE COOPERATE and share                                                                                                                                                                     children to learn.                                                  with various stakeholders using
education sector.                                                    to support evaluation, quality                                                                               of experimentation and a                situation is unhurried and that       practices and students’             skills and knowledge into                                               WE PROMOTE the participation     a child-, youth- and family-
                                  WE CREATE tools for                assessment and development         WE EXECUTE the national               expertise and know-how              development-oriented approach.          children and young people are         learning skills and progress        account in teaching and studying.    WE HIGHLIGHT the positive          and engagement of children and
WE GUARANTEE equal                                                                                      guidelines and recommendations        systematically with professionals                                                                                                                                                                                                                              centred approach.
                                  knowledge-based leadership         at the local level.                                                                                          WE IMPROVE the conditions for           respected.                            in studies are consistent.                                               activities at schools.             young people in municipal and
learning opportunities for all    in education.                                                         of the Teacher Education Forum.       in different fields.                                                                                                                                  WE GIVE timely support for                                              community planning.              WE ENCOURAGE all families
by investing in early childhood                                      WE ENSURE adequate basic                                                                                     asylum seekers and immigrants to        WE GUIDE students so that they                                            growth and learning for              WE PLAN the school day in                                           to interact, to work together
education and care.               WE ENSURE a seamless               funding and we work to amass       WE ENSURE proper pedagogical                                              enhance their potential for learning.   become aware of their own learning                                        every child and young person.        collaboration with different       WE MAKE SURE that children,
                                                                                                        leadership conditions and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and be involved.
                                  personal learning path             national development funding.                                                                                                                        potential and learning process.                                                                                professionals to support           young people and families
WE PROMOTE the principle                                                                                opportunities for school principals                                                                                                                                                         WE CREATE a safe learning            wellbeing.                         engage in development work       WE ADVOCATE that all children
                                  for everybody.
that parents can rest assured                                        WE UPDATE legislation to           and other senior officials in the                                                                                                                                                           environment that helps students                                         locally.                         and young people are able to
that every neighbourhood                                             meet objectives at all levels.     education sector to develop                                                                                                                                                                 focus on learning and that shows                                                                         engage in hobbies and other
school is of high quality.                                                                              professionally.                                                                                                                                                                             respect for each other’s work.                                                                           leisure activities.
d e s i g n: a h oy | d r a w i n g: tu s s ita i k u r it | IS B N: 978-9 52-263-572-3
              What will comprehensive schools be like in the future and
                  what is their promise over the next four decades?
    What kind of comprehensive school provides the best opportunities and tools
     for students to learn and acquire life skills and live up to their full potential?
The Ministry of Education and Culture              stakeholders were all invited to take part.
appointed a Comprehensive School Forum             The Forum worked collaboratively and actively
in 2016 to develop and reform the Finnish          to set up common goals and objectives for
comprehensive school system. The Forum             the future of comprehensive schools. Clear
was active throughout the 2017 centenary           means and measures for achieving these
celebration year of independence, and brought      objectives were also drawn up.
together all stakeholders in the basic education
system to formulate a vision for the future        The Comprehensive school Forum
of comprehensive schools. Teachers, school         is a part of the Government’s key project
principals, students, parents, researchers and     implementation involving the comprehensive
experts, municipalities, teacher unions,           school system reform and of the New
decision-makers, companies and other               Comprehensive School Action Plan.




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