New comprehensive education

The key project aims to renew comprehensive education, learning environments and teachers' competence. Digitalisation is to be promoted, Schools on the Move Project expanded and language education increased and diversified.


The reform focuses on three things:

  • new pedagogy,
  • new learning environments and
  • digital learning.

The objective is to improve learning results, respond to future competence needs, renew pedagogy through experimentation and turn learning into an inspiring life-long process.

The key project supports schools and municipalities to make it easier for them to apply solutions that promote digital learning. Experiments on new pedagogy, digital learning and new learning environments will be launched. The New Comprehensive School action plan provides the guidelines for the support and implementation of the new core curricula for Finnish basic education. The objective is to turn the Finnish comprehensive school in to a learner-centred education system with the most competent teachers in the world and an open and collaborative school culture.

The pre- and in-service teacher education

The pre- and in-service teacher education is renewed as part of the new comprehensive education. The Teacher Education Forum has prepared, in cooperation with teachers and other stakeholders, a Teacher Education Development Programme. The strategic guidelines of the Programme determine the direction of teacher education in Finland and development of competence during the teaching career.

Finnish Schools on the Move project

The key project also promotes children’s activities, as physical inactivity of the population is a problem in all wealthy countries. The goal is that each comprehensive school pupil would exercise for at least one hour each day.

The operational method of the Finnish Schools on the Move project, launched in 2010, has already reached more than 70 % of all Finnish schoolchildren. The method promotes sitting less during lessons and exercising more during break times. The goal is not to increase the number of PE classes, but instead to encourage learning through being active during other classes and break times.

The Government key project aims to renew competencies and education to respond to future challenges. The objective is that by 2025 Finland is a leading country in knowledge, education and future learning.


?wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

Contact information

Eeva-Riitta Pirhonen, ylijohtaja 
OKM, Yleissivistävän koulutuksen ja varhaiskasvatuksen osasto, Strategia- ja ohjausryhmä 0295330258

Sanna Vahtivuori-Hänninen, projektipäällikkö 
OKM, Kansliapäällikkö esikuntineen 0295330134

Pauliina Kupila, projektipäällikkö 
OKM, Kansliapäällikkö esikuntineen 0295330280