Controlled schools and CSSC staff on Erasmus+ visit to Finland

International models of education - learning from Finland

The CSSC Erasmus+ funded programme to Finland and Estonia is underway.

This visit is an integral part of the CSSC Building Capacity programme where senior leaders seek to embed evidence-based practice, conduct rigorous self-evaluation and promote school improvement.

The participants from 10 controlled schools are being accompanied by two officers from CSSC to investigate first-hand international models of education.  Day one was spent learning about the Finnish education system and the new curriculum recently introduced.

Jill Brown, CSSC School Support Officer, said,

“Day one has really got participants thinking and reflecting on how society can have confidence in our well-qualified, professional, teachers in Northern Ireland. We also enjoyed learning about an evidenced-based anti-bullying programme that is widely used in Finland.

“There was also some fun, engaging technology to promote learning, and we are looking forward to exploring this further.”

The group visited schools on days two and three and had the opportunity to speak with senior leaders, teachers and students, as well as to observe learning in the classroom in both primary and post primary schools.

Jayne Millar, Head of Education Support, said,

“Many of the issues presenting in Finland are similar to Northern Ireland. We were impressed with the holistic and flexible approach to student well-being with a range of educationalists and health professionals working in collaboration within schools to support the individual needs of children and young people.“

The controlled schools involved are Ballyclare High School, Ballymena Primary School, Carrowreagh Primary School, Cortamlet Primary School, Drumrane Primary School, Glengormley High School, Glenlola Collegiate, Kilcooley Primary School, Largymore Primary School, and Whiteabbey Primary School.