Early intervention and sustained individual support for every student are keys to educating the whole child in Finnish schools.
Some interesting facts (from Edutopia):
- Teachers in Finland are well-trained and highly respected, and recruited from the top 10% of graduates
- Because of the flexible national core curriculum that functions as a framework, Finnish teachers are able to design their own curriculum and choose their own textbooks
- Finnish schools provide a broad array of services, including a hot meal for every student daily, health and dental care, and psychological guidance.
- About 40% of students in Finnish secondary schools receive some kind of special intervention (special teachers are assigned to students who need extra help and then provide it)
- Upper secondary schools in Finland employ a modular structure that enables students to design their own learning programs based on their individual needs and interests