5.4.2018

Finnish teachers’ competences not standardised nor evaluated externally

Finland is one of the nine countries where teachers’ knowledge and skills are not defined in a national competence framework. Finnish teachers are also exceptional in that they are very rarely evaluated externally. Only one fifth have been evaluated by others than their school head or colleagues.

Picture: Existence of competence frameworks.

Existence of competence frameworks. European Commission 2018. Teaching careers in Europe. Data from the Eurydice network

Finnish teachers rarely evaluated

The latest survey on teachers published in 2014 by OECD (TALIS 2013 survey) reports that Finnish teachers are mainly assessed in annual discussions with their school heads. A common practice is that these discussion are forward looking rather than evaluating past performance. Nearly 80 per cent of the respondents to the TALIS survey had only been evaluated by their school heads or peers.

The ethos in Finnish schools is very much one of professional accountability. Values and an understanding of what is best for the learners are shared and embedded into the school culture, thus making formalised evaluation unnecessary.

Further information

Finland is one of the nine countries where teachers’ knowledge and skills are not defined in a national competence framework. Finnish teachers are also exceptional in that they are very rarely evaluated externally. Only one fifth have been evaluated by others than their school head or colleagues.