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Pia Jormalainen
We help start future-proof schools around the world

New Nordic Schools

location_on Finland
We provide the training, tools, and support needed for new school set-up and continuous school improvement. Our partner schools around the world embody elements of Finnish education practices, future skills development, school wellbeing culture, modern edtech tools, and sustainability.
Pia Jormalainen, CEO & Co-founder
We ensure the child's learning process is one that will make them academically competent and prepared for the future while also having fun and finding true joy in the learning journey.

Pia Jormalainen, CEO & Co-founder


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Innovation Overview

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Updated on August 2nd, 2022
about the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

At New Nordic Schools, we believe in purposeful learning that empowers students to become active participants in the learning process. The reality is that Finnish education cannot be exported as-is. Various elements and best practices of Finland’s education system can be implemented in schools abroad, but it requires localization, training, and the right mindset.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Our delivery process to set-up a partner school follows these 4 stages:

1. School Review and Current Situation Analysis: We will review and understand your current education plan and the local curriculum of your new/existing school to find the best ways to infuse it with interdisciplinary learning practices.

2. Planning: We will work together on an operational plan of bringing disciplinary learning to your school. At this stage, we will organize workshops for teachers to guide them in the process of creating such projects.

3. Implementation: At this stage, teachers will implement the interdisciplinary learning projects with their students, while our job will be to help and guide them in the process.

4. Continuous Improvement: We want teachers, parents and everyone involved to be onboard and to see a positive impact on the skills and the wellbeing of children. Thus, we will constantly collect feedback to adjust and perfect the program.

How has it been spreading?

We have partner schools open in Finland, India, and France as well as ongoing pilot programs in the UK, Serbia, and Bahrain. We are rapidly scaling with the pandemic easing in most areas of the world. From 2022 onwards, New Nordic partner schools will be opening in the USA, Brazil, UK, Serbia, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Australia.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Whether it's our K-12 educational system, hybrid school platform, or professional development, the New Nordic School team is here to discuss your needs and identify the right solutions for your new or existing school. Please get in touch with us at or fill in our contact form at for more information.


See this innovation in action

University Teacher Trainees Practicing Finnish ECEC at By The Sea Daycare — New Nordic School
Hill Avenue Academy Partners with New Nordic School to Bring Finnish Education to the UK — New Nordic School
New Nordic School Partners with the University of Eastern Finland — New Nordic School
By The Sea Daycare's Trained Staff
Our flagship daycare in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki opened its doors in January 2021, after the teachers completed their New Nordic School teacher training.
Partner School in Indore, India
Nordic High International School, a New Nordic School, opened it's doors in June, 2021.
New Nordic School By The Sea
New Nordic School's flagship bilingual daycare in Helsinki, Finland.
Partner School in Indore, India
Nordic High International School's principal (in red) and teachers after completing New Nordic School's extensive pre-opening professional development program.
New Nordic School Student in India
Student exploring some Montessori exercises.
New Nordic School Student in France
Student exploring her natural creativity on paper.
New Nordic School Advisor in India
Partnering with Fatema Agarkar, founder of Agarkar Centre of Excellence, to transform current systems of education in India.
Partner School in India
Celebrating the opening of the New Nordic School partner school in Mumbai, India.
Online Leadership Course - The Making Of
Revathi Srinivasan, Director of Singhania Group of Schools, teamed up with New Nordic School to create an online course that equips school leaders across India with the skills and mindset needed to transform their schools for NEP 2020 and the future of education. 
Teacher Training in Saudi Arabia
Teacher training at a local school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Partner School in France
Teacher and leadership training for New Nordic School partner school in Paris, France.
Partner School in India
Teacher training for New Nordic School partner school in Mumbai, India.
Teacher Training in India
"It was a wonderful experience, we are learning new things! I liked the mindfulness that Suzanne taught us and I'm looking forward to more wonderful ideas."Opinder KaurTeacher - PrimaryIndraprastha International School
Teacher Training in India
"The best thing which I liked about the workshop was integrating all the topics together and then looking for the overall development of the child. Looking forward to more inputs!"Namita JhamTeacher - PrimaryIndraprastha International School
Teacher training in India
“It was wonderful working with New Nordic School. We got really good ideas and the best thing that I liked about this workshop was the rubric system, that was wonderful!”Shalu KapoorHeadmistress - PrimaryIndraprastha International School


Achievements & Awards

April 2021
Partnered with University of Eastern Finland
March 2021
200 Top Women CEOs and Founders leading Global EdTech Startups
December 2020
#20 Hottest Startup in Finland
August 2020
Top 50 Nordic-Baltic Edtech Company
February 2020
GESS Education Awards Finalist 2020
November 2018
Education Finland Membership

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