Finnish education - Trade Union of Education

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A presentation by Olavi Arra from Trade Union of Education for teachers from Comenius project "Unity Through Diversity"

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  • Ilman ylitunteja, II kalleusluokka. Ylitunnin hinta seuraavilla opetusvelvollisuuksilla EO 22, AO 20, lukio 19, ala-asteen rehtorin alkupalkka pienimmässä koulussa ja loppupalkka suurimmassa
  • Finnish education - Trade Union of Education

    1. 1. Education Policy and Students’ Learning: The Finnish Experience 4.12.2012Olavi ArraSenior Education ConsultantOpetusalan Ammattijärjestö OAJTrade Union of Education in Finland
    2. 2. Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö OAJ Trade Union of Education in Finland Members from early childhood education to university teaching (nearly 120 000) Members also include teacher students and senior teachers Breakdown of the OAJ members by gender: women 74 %, men 26 % Over 95 % of the Finnish teachers are organised trade union members 2
    3. 3. Speaker for education OAJ speaks for Finnish training and education Social dialogue with the goverment, parliament, ministries and the National Board of Education Social dialogue at municipal level OAJ has members in education working groups established by ministries etc. OAJ is working together with other unions and NGO´s and parents OAJ is active in media Olavi Arra, OAJ 3
    4. 4. Examples of OAJ’s aims in education Better and quality education for all Better working enviroment for teachers, students and pupils Children and students with special needs – more resources and support in services More resources for education Regular inservice training system to teachers Higher education for all teachers Education top on list of political decision-making Olavi Arra, OAJ 4
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    6. 6. Serious attention to equality in education Education of the same high quality throughout the country. A good general education and adequate basic skills for everyone. Attention paid to pupils’ special needs. Back-up from social welfare services. Natural cooperation between pupils and teachers. Evaluation aimed at developing the school system. 6
    7. 7. Finnish teachers as educational professionals All teachers have a high standard of education. Teachers are able to act independently in their work. Teachers are expected to update their professional skills. Cooperation between school and home. Teachers responsible for developing their own work. 7
    8. 8. Qualifications in basic education (primary and lower secondary levels) Qualified % Spring 2008Principals 99,2Subject teachers 95,3Class teachers and pre primary education 94,3Special teachers 73,1Part time teachers 66,6Part time teachers with under 16 h/week 27,3 8
    9. 9. Collaborative development of the educational systemParliament Trade Union of Education in Finland Ministry of Education National Board of Education Local authority departments Teachers (union members) of education 9
    10. 10. Problems and challenges for the future Inadequate finance – large classes – decreasing number of lessons taught – declining support for pupils with special needs – inadequate guidance for pupils – economies in teachers’ supplementary training Growing needs for special teaching Improvement of pupil motivation 10
    11. 11. Examples of the teacher salaries in Finland 2012 Extra hour pay Working for one weekly Lessons/week Salary € days/weeks lesson €/monthClass teacher, 190 days/ 24 h 2 494 – 3 244 87,29Master level degree 38 weeksSpecial education 190 days/teacher, 22/24 h 2 712 – 3 622 103,56 38 weeksMaster level degreeSubject teacher, 190 days/ 18 – 24 h 1) 2 694 – 3 503 113,13Master level degree 38 weeksUpper secondary school 190 days/teacher, Master level c. 14,5 – 21 h 1) 2) 2 856 – 3 782 126,28 38 weeksdegree AnnualHeadmaster, vacation 1 – 13 h 3 509 – 4 571 -comprehensive school max 8 weeks AnnualHeadmaster, vacation 4 – 11 h 4 147 – 5 029 -upper secondary school max 8 weeksVocational teacher, 190 days/ 24,5 h 2 943 – 3 902 100,91Master level degree 38 weeks 1) depending on the subject 2) includes so called upper secondary school coefficient 1,1
    12. 12. Examples of the teacher salaries in Finland 2012 Vacation Weekly worktime Salary 23 – 38 days/Kindergarden 38 h 15 min 2 162 € – depends ofteachers (8 % planning time) (starting salary) the working yearsPreschool teacher in Working 190 days / years 23 lessons in week 2 164school

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