Study visit in Finland: working for equal opportunities
The headmistress of Gloria Fuertes School, Peña Martínez, participated in a Study visit in Finland
Peña Martínez introducing Gloria Fuertes school
About the study visits programme
A study visit is a short stay of three to five days in a host country for a group of 10 to 15 European education and vocational training specialists and decision-makers. They are stakeholders who want to examine a particular aspect of lifelong learning in another participating country. A study visit usually includes presentations and on-site visits to places such as educational and training institutions, ministries and training sites. They provide a forum for discussion, exchange and learning on themes of common interest and on European and national priorities.
Group of participants and the coordinator of the visit
Study visits support European cooperation to develop policies for lifelong learning and are part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-13 (LLP). Cedefop coordinates the programme at European level for the European Commission since the 1 January 2008. At national level study visits are coordinated by the National Agencies located in the participating countries.
Title of the visit: Regional cooperation and a developing network to ensure equal opportunities for all.
Summary: The visit focused on ways of networking to improve the quality in special needs education. To support equal opportunities for disadvantaged pupils by local and regional network of specialist in special needs. The primary global goal in Finland is to support pupils in their studies so they can achieve the goals of the general syllabus. The syllabus can also be individualised to fit pupils' personal requirements. Local and regional network is established to provide guidance, support and training for teaching personnel to support equal opportunities for disadvantaged pupils.
Participants: head teachers, teachers trainers, pedagogical or guidance advisers, representatives of education and training networks and associations.
Activities: visits of special needs schools and general schools; meetings with educational authorities, experts on special needs education, teachers, students.
It is very important to share their own good practices with hosts and other participants.
General Conclusions of the headmistress of Gloria Fuertes School
Making the group report
The visit has been a good opportunity to know and to compare different education systems, to learn how other European countries work in the field of special needs education and what results they have obtained in the application of their programmes, especially Finland. All of this contribute to think about our school practice, the faults and benefits, and it suppose a professional development that can be very important for the school, in order to debate the implementation of new educational strategies and to improve the quality of education. It has been also a good opportunity to meet people interested in developing European projects.
It has been for me a great satisfaction to realize that the pedagogical and educational working guidelines of our school are well up to date with the most innovative practices I had got to know in my study visit.