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Educational innovation in Finland


JOENSUU (Finland)

25-29 January 2021 (Date to be confirmed)

Would you like to participate in this course
next school year 2020-2021?
Please make a pre-registration so we can keep you informed about this course.

Make your pre-registration  

Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.



Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Riveria.

North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Riveria 
Tulliportindkatu 3
80101 Joensuu
PIC 947752954


One the one hand, Finland developed an education system to tackle the challenges of the future, but on the other hand the system is embedded in Finnish culture and tradition. The country succeeded in merging tradition and innovation. 

The system strengthens the profiles of the teaching professions by starting with a thorough initial teachers training, facilitating teacher continuous development, supporting teachers in developing innovative teaching and assessment methods; strengthening leadership in education, including distributed leadership and teacher leadership.  

Participants to this course will learn about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland). Finland provides increasing access to affordable and high quality education and care, and enhances the quality of systems and provision, in order to foster appropriate development of all learners.

Example of the programme

Focus 1: The Finnish society and Educational System: criteria for success.
Focus 2: Quality management in education.
Focus 3: The role of the teacher and teacher training reform.
Focus 4: Transfer of quality elements to local context and action plan.
Focus 5: Inclusion and differentiation. 

- Exchanges of ideas with teacher and management staff.
- Cultural interaction with the local students and teachers.
- Information sessions on quality plan, inclusion, didactical approaches, special needs education.

Methodology of the course: 
- Interactive lectures in schools and teacher training institute.
- Study visits to primary and secondary schools.
- Contact and discussions with teachers from Finnish schools.

AcQuired competences

  • Have a vision on school autonomy and its quality elements.
  • Have visited Finnish schools, teacher training and university.
  • Have information on quality plan, inclusion, didactical approaches, special needs education and ICT integration in the Finnish school system.
  • Discussions with teacher and management staff.

Feedback from participants

  • I want to thank the trainers again for this wonderful initiative. A new world of great opportunities for me and, more importantly, has opened for the school. 
  • It was indeed very rewarding: both the visit to the Finnish schools and related information as well as being with so many passionate people. 
  • Thank you for all this! A.
  • The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this trip was very instructive in many ways.
  • I learned a lot of information about the Finnish school system, but also a lot thanks to the numerous, sometimes noisy conversations with colleagues. I think we have a airly short period of time anyway never chatted so much about education.
  • It also made ​​me realise that our teachers are doing properly well and that our fellow managers respect and appreciate their their commitment. And last but not least: I really do see beautiful friendships, and that's quite a nice bonus.



Finland - Joensuu
The course is organized in the conference room of the local partner and in Finnish schools. The participants stay in  a nice  hotel located in the centre of Joensuu.


- We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
- For a detailed explanation, have a look at our 'Cost Structure'.

- You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
- We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
- After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


There is a very good and fast train connection from Helsinki to Joensuu.
Finnair offers every day several inbound flights  from Helsinki to Joensuu.
The roads normally are open and accessible in wintertime. A rental car from Helsinki also might be a possibility, especially when shared by several people.


Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

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