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Renewal of curriculum of upper secondary schools

The renewal of the curriculum of upper secondary schools in Helsinki was started in the autumn of 2019 and continues until spring 2021. More than 200 experts from Finnish and Swedish-language upper secondary schools are involved. In addition to teachers, principals and student welfare services, the working groups also include a group of students for the first time.

All upper secondary school students have the chance to read and comment on the curriculum during the process. Furthermore, four workshops will be held in the academic year 2019–2020 and 2020–2021. In the workshops, students have the chance to discuss their ideas on well-being, participation, assessment, and cooperation with institutes of higher education and working life. The ideas discussed in these workshops will be included in the curriculum planning work.

Guardians' insights on the upper secondary school of the future and the well-being of young people will also be heard.

The well-being and participation of young people are key themes in the updated curriculum and the entire process. The new curriculum aims to improve the well-being of young people and build a communal and participatory operating culture in every upper secondary school in Helsinki.

The legislation on upper secondary schools was reformed in August 2019 (Lukiolaki 714/2018), and the reforms in the act have now resulted in the curriculum being rewritten. The Finnish National Board of Education has drafted the national core curriculum, which it will publish in November 2019. Municipalities will then use this core curriculum to draft local curricula. Studies in compliance with the new curriculum will start in August 2021.

Read more about the reform on the Ministry of Education and Culture website.

08.03.2021 16:07