Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE)

Finnish National Board of Education is a national development agency. FNBE is responsible for the development of pre-primary, basic, general upper secondary, vocational upper secondary and adult education. FNBE is subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture and its tasks and organisation are set in the legislation.

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  • 25.3.2015

    Subject teaching in Finnish schools is not being abolished

    The news that Finland is abolishing teaching separate subjects has recently hit the headlines world-wide. Subject teaching is not being abolished although the new core curriculum for basic education will bring about some changes in 2016.

  • 25.3.2015

    What is going on in Finland? – Curriculum Reform 2016

    In December 2014, Finland completed the reform of the National Core Curricula for pre-primary education and for compulsory basic education. Schools will start working according to the new curricula in autumn 2016.

  • 3.3.2015

    Pre-primary education is compulsory from August 2015

    Participation in pre-primary education or corresponding activities will be mandatory from August 2015. A majority (98 %) of 6 year-old children already attend preprimary education.

  • 3.3.2015

    Statistics of the month: number of small general upper secondary schools has grown

    The school network is under scrutiny in Finland. The Government aims at streamlining the network and to provide both general and vocational upper secondary education in bigger units.

  • 9.2.2015

    Writing by hand will still be taught in Finnish schools

    From autumn 2016, first class pupils will learn to print upper and lower case letters, form words with these letters and practise keyboard skills. In the initial stage of writing instruction, the aim is at mastering a clear personal style of handwriting. The future goal is to progress from writing technique to developing the content, structure and argumentation of texts and a rich use of language faster than today.