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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

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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 ...

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