Every pupil is important – special education in Finland and IN Europe!

(sessions are identical, choose your session) Pre-book your place from this link!

Session 1/2018: 5.5-9.5. 2018, (course fee 480 €), CONFIRMED! STILL FREE PLACES, WELCOME! (30€ discount/participant, if your group is 5 or more)

Session 2/2018: 7.10-11.10. 2018, (course fee 480 €), CONFIRMED, STILL free places!
(30€ discount if your group is 5 or more)

Session 1/2019 5.5-9.5 .2019 (course fee 480 €), free places!
(30€ discount if your group is 5 or more)

Session 2/2019 5.-9.10 2019 (course fee 480 €), free places!
(30€ discount if your group is 5 or more)

SESSION 1/2020 12.-16.4 2020 (COURSE FEE 480 €), FREE PLACES!(30€ DISCOUNT IF YOUR GROUP IS 5 OR MORE)

SESSION 2/2020 3.-7.10 2020 (COURSE FEE 480 €), FREE PLACES!(30€ DISCOUNT IF YOUR GROUP IS 5 OR MORE)

Confirmed= There are more than 12 final registrations already. Normally next summer/winter is confirmed latest after KA1 results come in May. Dates are not changing.

special.jpgFinland is the country with high level inclusive education in classrooms. In this country of ice and snow, aurora borealis and midnight sun, co-operation with school, health care experts and families is in very high level.

Every pupil is important in Finland and there about 99,9 % of pupils will get the certificate of basic education, so dropout rate is nearly zero!

Primary and subject teachers work together with other support staff (psykologists, kurators, assistants, families, medical persons, etc.). With help of this safety network we help everyone to be part of society later. Also disadvantage pupil have a right to learn and get a good future!

Course aims:

Aims are to find out how special education, specially inclusion works in Finland and in other participant countries. One aim also to see how this works in Finnish schools and what kind of support systems and pedagogical ways are used.


One aim is also to see, what kind of research they make in University of Eastern Finland about SEN. One aim is also to change knowledge among participants and participant countries and develop professional educational English language of participants. One aim is also understand how Finnish education system works.

Thematic field of the training:

* education system

* inclusion in classrooms

* disadvantages

* dyslexia

* special education in primary and secondary level

* early support

* how to use assistants in classrooms

* dropouts

* normal teacher - special teacher co-operation

Education sector of the training participants:

- preprimary, primary, general secondary, upper secondary, vocational

Target audience: NORMAL teachers, headteachers/principles, teacher-trainers, Councilors/elected members, special teachers, vocational teachers

Languages used for the training: English

Place: Joensuu, Finland (can be reached from Helsinki by airplane, train or by buss)

Accomodation suggestion 2018: Accomodation rates in May/October 2018 in our cooperation hotel, Sokos hotel Kimmel: Single room 83€/night, Double room 98€/night and double room with extra bed 123€/night. Also standard and superior rooms are possible for extra fee (ask for it).

All room rates include buffet breakfast, free wifi and sauna with swimming pool. Kimmel hotel locates opposite to main railway and bus stations in Joensuu and also busses to Joensuu airport leave next to it. If you choose this hotel, we take care of your room reservation.

Of course you are free to choose other kind of accomodation (hostels, other hotels or airbnb) if you want. 2019 and 2020 room rates we let you know later.

Course fee: Course fee must fully paid no later than four weeks before the start of the course or with later instructions. Course fee includes education, trips and visits, transportation during course week (if needed), coffee/tea breaks, certificates, one cultural evening with dinner.

It may be possible to obtain a European Union Erasmus+ (formerly Comenius) grant (K1, learning mobillity of individuals) to cover course fee, travelling and accomodation costs! The next closing date for Erasmus+ applications is in February 2019 (education starting earliest June 2019), and teachers will need the application of their headteacher in doing this.

More information is available from your national agency. So, you can pre-book your place from this link before making application to Erasmus+ office and when you get positive decision let us now if you are really coming.

Draft programme of the training activities (day by day):

The programme has an experimential approach. A lot of visits to schools and talking with staff and teachers and head teachers. In July sessions school visits are not possible.

Every pupil is important – special education in Finland:

Day nro 1: (starting 10.00 AM)

- Welcome to Joensuu. Finnish education system, education in Joensuu. Joensuu as a city of education. Finland as a country and its results in PISA. Presentations of participants. Finnish special education system overview.

Day nro 2:

- Lessons and workshops about special support and inclusion in education.Dyslexia and how to help them.

Day nro 3:

- Day in Finnish school with Finnish teachers and pupils and discussion about inclusion in education.

Day nro 4:

- Visit to countryside and KOLI national park. Evening with lake Saimaa, sauna and Finnish culture.

Day nro 5:

- School psychologists in Finnish education system, conclusions of the course, last presentations, certificates and feedback.

(Officially course is over 1.00 PM)