I am a Finnish educator with years of teaching experience in Finnish schools. I have also participated in educational development projects in Finland (ICT, support for growth and learning, pastoral care, anti-bullying)
I am currently living in London and continue my work in improving education for all.
The goals of the Local Schools Network are congruent with those of the very well functioning and efficient educational system in Finland.
My professional experience is from an educational system that knows no league tables, it is a system that trusts, but does not test schools.
The Finnish education system provides proof that local schools indeed provide quality education for all. Our system does not allow schools for profit. The 75 so called "private schools" (ex. Steiner, Freinet och Christian schools) are all state funded.
Repeated successes in international comparisons (ex PISA) show that a network of excellent local schools that do not select their students based on academic ability or ability to pay IS the pathway to success for the entire school system and benefits the entire community immensely.
I am available to discuss or run workshops in schools or for local authorities about the Finnish system and the parts that can actually be exported and might benefit schools here.