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A development plan for education and training providers

Municipal Education Development Plan

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Municipal Education Development Plan, School Development Plan and Teacher Development Plan are development plans meant for education and training providers. They combine the local development needs of the municipality with national development plans. This will form an all-encompassing set of goals that takes educational needs into account.
While considering challenges facing education, we had a clear idea of wanting to support education providers develop education and respond to challenges.

Aulis Pitkälä


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What is it all about?

Each process of change emphasizes the importance of leadership for the success of the change. Schools are no exception: as the world changes, the school needs to be reformed and it requires leadership.

However, school systems operate in very different ways at different levels . According to Canadian school developer Michael Fullan, the need for change in schools requires states, regions and schools all to pursue the same goals. Similar thoughts have also been made by Sir Ken Robinson.

KuntaKesu is a model developed in Finland for the management of municipal education. The model is aimed at the municipal level, which in Finland is mostly responsible for providing and organizing education. The model is one of way to design and lead a complex training organization.

The model prepared by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) is intended to support strategic planning in municipalities and it helps to combine the municipality's own development needs with national policies and objectives. KuntaKesu provides a good example for those who do not yet have a strong local strategy or similar plan. It is used in about one third of the Finnish municipalities.

The four key themes of the KuntaKesu include student learning, staff competence, sustainable wellbeing and leadership.

All themes are explored from the individual’s and the community’s point of view.

Municipalities can implement the model if they want to use a new way to strategically plan education. The model can be introduced as such or customized to fit your needs. The education provider’s development plan can also serve as support and a catalyst for local education policy debate.

KuntaKesu is a large entity, and the following steps attempt to explain what it means at different levels of education: in the municipality, at school and at the individual level. In different educational systems, the municipal level may be substituted with other training providers, and the model can be used even if the education system differs from the Finnish one.

It should be noted that the implementation of a KuntaKesu-type strategic plan requires that the state has a long-term approach and commitment to education and that the contents of education or the educational policies won’t vary from one election to another, for example.


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Development plans are tools for leadership in education in an ever-changing world. They bring national and local level goals closer to each other.


Schools are more prepared to meet the changes when the goals of the education provider and the school are aligned.


May be difficult to apply to environments and organizations where sharing information and transparency are not customary.


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May 2019
December 2017
Finland 100
June 2017
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The Municipality – Municipal Education Development Plan
Municipal Education Development Plan is often launched on the initiative of the municipal head of education and culture department, i.e. the leading official.
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Schools – School Development Plan
School Development Plan takes national aspects into account, allowing schools to focus on leadership through developing the principal's work. The principal's motivation for development is reflected in the teachers.
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Teachers – Teacher Development Plan
Individual level planning is guided by School Development Plan, which in turn is guided by Municipal Education Development Plan.
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