Principal Study Tour

Principal Study Tour

Finland has the best public governance in the world and Finnish education is no exception. (See the Legatum Institute’ latest global prosperity index)

Finnish schools are not among the best in the World by chance. They are also led and managed exceptionally well. It is the principals and headmasters who lay the foundation for equality and trust in Finnish schools. It is they who make sure that teachers and students can perform at their best and achieve outstanding results.

Our one-week Principal Study Tour program gives visitors an overview of the Finnish education system and role of pedagogical leadership. Themed Study Tour introduces the founding principles in Finnish Education management and leadership and how it is implemented in action. The program also offers an up-close and personal view of daily life of principals in the Finnish schools.

Target groups: Principals, headmasters, school leaders, school owners, education officials, early childhood education directors and managers.

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

Next pre-scheduled tours:

August 26th – 30th 2024
November 4th – 8th 2024
March 10th -14th 2025
August 25th-29th 2025

On request for groups, contact us!


Monday: Introduction to the Finnish Education System 

  • Finnish Education system
  • Introduction to the principles behind the education system
  • Paradoxes of Finnish Education: Less is More, No dead ends etc.
  • Role and tasks of principal in Finnish schools
  • School visit


Tuesday: Pedagogical Leadership

  • Curriculum and Assessment in the Finnish Basic Education
  • Development of school curriculum, self-assessment and operational culture
  • School as a learning community
  • Pedagogical leadership and learner centered learning approach
  • Shared leadership in theory and in practice
  • School visit


Wednesday: School governance and administration


Thursday: Co-operation and leading educational support

  • Home – school co-operation
  • Multi-professional co-operation
  • Co-operation with other stakeholders
  • Importance of networking
  • Inclusive education, guidance, counselling and student
    welfare services
  • What does integration and inclusion mean in Finnish
    schools and how it is implemented?
  • School visit


Friday: School of the future

  • System thinking and leadership
  • Future of education
  • Strategic planning, leading school development and coaching
  • Self-development of principal: professional growth, self-management, own well-being at work
  • Farewell lunch
  • Reflection of the program, ideas of implementation and co-operation

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


Program includes:

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 to various educational institutions in region. We have got extremely good feedback about this method. Every study tour program is carefully evaluated.

Trainers: Learning Scoop is a Finnish company working in the fields of education and training. The staff comprises experienced and internationally respected trainers, who are experts in the field of Finnish education and school leadership. The trainers have over 25 years of experience in leadership training in Finland and abroad. This experience has developed an academically based, yet truly practical approach to developing leadership skills.

Costs: The price for individual participant is 1650e + possible VAT 24% / person

Group prices:
5-9 participants in a group the price is 1450e + possible VAT 24% / person
10-14 participants in a group the price is 1300e + possible VAT 24% / person
15-20 participants in a group the price is 1200e + possible VAT 24% / person


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 (118€ in 2025)
Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 132€/night in 2024 (138€ in 2025)

Lapland Hotels Arena, Address Ratapihankatu 54, Tampere:

Room in Comfort Class for 1 person 122€/night in 2024 (128€ in 2025)
Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 142€/night in 2024 (148€ in 2025)

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.