Finland brings its teachers together
It might be a beacon for education success, but concern is growing in the Nordic country that the status quo is no longer enough. Helen Ward reports from Helsinki
Finland has won world renown for its rejection of marketised education.
But while the country’s non-competitive ethos can mean collegiate approaches to running schools, experts say that – at classroom level – collaboration between teachers is rare.
Kalasatama School in Helsinki is at the forefront of attempts to tackle this Finnish paradox. It serves a rapidly regenerating former industrial area used by the capital city to test-drive innovations such as shared electric cars, and rubbish collected from homes through vacuum-powered pipes instead of trucks.
The school is no less forward ...