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Yet More Academic In-Depth

The Scandinavian country’s magic formula for success is a source of much interest in other school systems.

Instead of giving our students marks or, God forbid, rankings, FIS disguises their results in generalities so their parents are saved from facing the truth about their children’s real progress.

The Finnish curriculum is far less ‘academic’ than you would expect of such a high achieving nation. Finnish students do the least number of class hours per week in the developed world, yet get the best results in the long term.

Life is Not All About Test Grades

Teacher based assessments are used by schools to monitor progress and these are not graded, scored or compared; but instead are descriptive and utilised in a formative manner to inform feedback and assessment for learning.

Our learners spend much less time in classrooms than in other countries. Early childhood care aims to support children’s balanced growth, development and learning. Teaching is done by highly qualified teachers and learning is made to be fun through play.

Educators and parents here believe that these breaks are a powerful engine of learning that improves almost all the “metrics” that matter most for children in school – executive function, concentration and cognitive focus, behavior, well-being, attendance, physical health, and yes, test scores, too.

According to one Finnish maxim, “There is no bad weather. Only inadequate clothing.”

FIS is changing the way education is perceived by typical orthodox Asians.