Basic Education (K-9) Study Tour

Basic Education (K-9) Study Tour

Basic education (K-9) laid the foundation for Finland’s reputation as education superpower. It is the regular Finnish comprehensive school with grades 1-9 that are the core of the miracle of Finnish education. Finnish basic education is exceptional in worldwide perspective: it is public and free for all students, it has a wide variety of academic as well as practical and artistic subjects, and it is based on stress-free “less is more” approach. Yet it succeeds to bring outstanding learning results in international learning comparisons.

How is it possible? Come and witness yourself!

Target groups: teachers, principals, school owners, anyone interested in Finnish K-9 basic education and Finland’s excellent learning results.

Objectives: The program gives visitors an overall view on Finnish basic (K-9) education, it’s core principles and factors influencing Finland’s success in international learning comparisons. The program also offers participants first-hand experiences about everyday life in Finnish schools and classrooms and a chance to witness educational innovations in Finnish basic education.

Where: Tampere, Finland.
Daily program on Study Tour at 9am – 3pm

Program language: delivered in English


Monday: Introduction to the Finnish Education System

  • Finnish Education system and training routes
  • Introduction to the principles behind the education system
  • Paradoxes of Finnish Education: Less is More, No dead ends etc.
  • School visit


Tuesday: Curriculum and Assessment in the Finnish Basic Education

  • Learning theory and practices in Finland
  • Learner centered approach
  • National core curriculum
  • Assessment in the Finnish Basic Education: continuous assessment, but no national tests
  • School visit


Wednesday: Educational support: Inclusive education, guidance, counselling and student welfare services


Thursday: Co-operation in Basic Education

  • Collaboration between teachers and multi-professional co-operation
  • Co-operation with parents
  • Co-operation with other institutes and organizations supporting schools and learning
  • School visit


Friday: Leadership and Management in Finnish Schools

  • The role and tasks of a principal in Finnish schools
  • Shared leadership as a basis for Finnish education
  • School or day care center visit
  • Evaluation and reflection of the program
  • Farewell lunch


This is an example program. Minor changes to content and schedule are possible

School visits include:

  • Guided visits to Finnish schools
  • Different types of K-9 schools: from pre-primary school to the lower secondary school
  • Participation in the school’s day-to-day activities: classroom, meal time, recesses etc.
  • Opportunities to talk with teachers and students

Training methods: The program includes introductions by the instructors to the various themes mentioned above. Attention will be paid to reflecting and expanding on the experiences the participants have during their visits. Every study visit program is carefully evaluated.

Trainers: Learning Scoop is a Finnish company working in the fields of education and training. The staff comprises experienced teachers and experts, who have received excellent feedback on their work.

The trainers at Learning Scoop have years of teaching experience gained through the Finnish educational community and through teacher training. Learning Scoop trainers have received outstanding feedback for their well-executed and inspiring training sessions and study visits.

Costs: The price for individual participant is 1450e+ possible VAT 24% / person

Group prices:
10-14 participants in a group the price is 1250e+ possible VAT 24% / person
15-20 participants in a group the price is 1150e+ possible VAT 24% / person

The program includes lectures, study material, visits and transportation to visit places, Finnish Nature Experience or Dinner at Näsinneula Observation Tower (weather reservation), certificate of participation, Premium version of LessonApp for free for a year, Book Finnish Education in Practice: What, Why and How, lunches and farewell lunch. Watch a video what happens during education study tours in Finland!

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We are happy to collaborate with Lapland Hotels which offers you a chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. The centrally located hotels are close to our training premises. The design of the rooms was influenced by nature and the stories of Lapland. The restaurant serves unique tastes of Nordic nature and Lapland in visually pleasing dishes.

Lapland Hotels offer fixed prices for our customers accordingly:

Lapland Hotels Tampere, Address Yliopistonkatu 44, Tampere:

Room in Comfort Class for 1 person 112€/night in 2024
Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 132€/night in 2024

Lapland Hotels Arena, Address Ratapihankatu 54, Tampere:

Room in Comfort Class for 1 person 122€/night in 2024Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 142€/night in 2024

Prices include buffet breakfast with local delicacies, taxes, sauna and wireless internet connection.

Check the availability and book your room at Lapland Hotels in Tampere by email with code “LEARNINGSCOOP”

Book your Study Tour place and register here.



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