Jonathon Weedon reports on the NTS trip to Jyvaskula Finland
‘What did I get from the Finnish Experience?’
My answer to this question will focus on the stark differences between the UK and Finnish education systems and will highlight the one major point of success in the Finnish system which I want to take back to the UK. The major difference between the UK classroom and a Finnish one is the hierarchical distance of the teacher in relation to the student. In your school, the informal dress code for all and the use of ‘ope’ – or teach to address the teacher in my opinion facilitated a calm atmosphere, conducive to a great depth of learning and understanding of the subject being developed by students’. The positive flow of lessons was particularly evident in all natural sciences lessons’ and this positive flow was primarily down to the fact teachers’ do not address low level disruption as we do in the UK. It is widely accepted that a teacher is there to teach and the onus is on the pupil to work productively of their own fruition. This is a fundamental cultural difference between Finland and the UK, which allows students’ in Finland to become fully self-reliant, independent learners. This is where the Finnish education system profits and ours in the UK flounders. Therefore, I make it my mission to facilitate students’ in the UK becoming as independent as your students’ evidently are following the observations I made during my visit to your exceptional school. Thank you for allowing myself and my fellow NTS students’ to visit your school and I intend to visit Finland many times in the future.
Posted 11/03/2016 by Main News