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:
March 9th – 13th 2020
May 4th – 8th 2020
August 24th – 28th 2020
November 2th – 6th 2020

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:

  • Lectures held by Finnish Education experts
  • Expert host during your program
  • Learning materials
  • Book “Top Class, Finnish School Leadership and Management” by Mr. Ari Pokka, President of the International Confederation of Principals
  • Guided visits to Finnish schools from primary to the general upper secondary schools
  • Transportation to visit places and back
  • Opportunities to talk with principals, teachers and students
  • Participation in the school´s day-to-day activities
  • Lunches and coffee
  • Green Trail Nature experience or Dinner at Näsinneula Observation Tower
  • Certificate of the participation
  • Premium version of LessonApp for free for a year
  • Farewell lunch

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 1600e + possible VAT 24% / person

Group prices:
5-9 participants in a group the price is 1400e + possible VAT 24% / person
10-14 participants in a group the price is 1250e + possible VAT 24% / person
15-19 participants in a group the price is 1150e + possible VAT 24% / person
20 or more participants in a group the price is 1000e+ possible VAT 24% / person

Accommodation

We are happy to collaborate with Lapland Hotels in Tampere which offers you a chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. The centrally located hotel is close to our training premises and 141 rooms have been decorated with skill and style to suit the taste of even the most quality conscious guests. 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.

We offer fixed prices for our customers accordingly:

Room in Comfort Class for 1 person 102€/night
Room in Comfort Class for 2 persons 122€/night
Room in Comfort Class for 3 persons 160€/night

Prices include buffet breakfast, taxes and wireless internet connection.

Book your room at Lapland Hotels in Tampere by email tampere@laplandhotels.com with code “LEARNINGSCOOP”

Book your Study Tour place and register here.

Contact:
Elena Chukhlantseva
elena.chukhlantseva@learningscoop.fi