Benchmarking the schools of Sweden and Finland

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

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

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

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

Course includes:

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

Learning Outcomes:

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

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

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

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

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

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Proposed course dates

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

June 2018 - May 2019:
09 - 15 September 2018: Stockholm, Sweden
June 2019 - May 2020:
Further course dates will be published soon

Preliminary Programmes

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Benchmarking: Stockholm & Helsinki