Alle som jobber med skole diskuterer hvorfor Finland «gjør det så bra». En av argumentene har vært at de ikke har hatt noe særlig utfordringer med det multikulturelle fordi de er monokulturelle. Som det også står å lese i denne artikkelen. Det som jeg festet meg ved er å anerkjenne en utfordring, gi jernet der i form av ressurser og penger, og ikke minst gi lærerne faglig handlingsrom
«Finland, on the other hand, has had what it describes as a «positive discrimination» policy since the 1990s. It gives schools extra funds if they are situated in relatively poor areas or have a disproportionately high number of children with special needs. It tops up these funds with €1,000 (£875) a year for each child on the school’s roll who has lived in Finland for less than four years.
«The government rightly recognises that it is more intensive to teach in an area like my school,» says Janne-Pekka Nurmi, principal of Laakavuori.
This sounds just like a more generous version of our pupil premium – the £488 that schools in England receive annually for each pupil they enrol who is eligible for free school meals. But there’s a crucial difference. From next September, our government will be publishing what schools spend this on and, in time, will publish its suggestions of how best the pupil premium can be spent. In Finland, they simply leave it to the teachers.»
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