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The Haavi-model - flexibility in basic education

The idea of the experiment is to fight social exclusion and ensure all students remain within the education system even though traditional education may not facilitate their learning styles or abilities. The experiment is being trialled with a group of twelve students. Students can sign up for the group if they feel like they need additional support in finishing their schooling. When developing the project, students and parents needs were listened to and taken into account. The Haavi-model will be applied to every part of the school system: leadership, partnerships, students and families.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with this experiment?

Our goal is to create a model that influences every part of the school system, from leadership to student engagement. We believe a superior cannot tell what form of leadership brings out the potential of the employee, similarly a teacher cannot always tell first-hand how to best support a student. We will be engaging in discussions, listening, defining mutual goals and planning how to proceed together with the student. There are many reasons why schooling might be lagging such as fear of going to school, staying home due to illness, depression or having previously lived abroad.

With this experiment we want to support the growth of learning as an organization. We want the school to become more flexible to suit the needs of all students and to make use of the excellent practices that are a part of developing the operational culture of schools.

We are looking to build a community in close partnership with social and health services such as child protection and youth psychiatry to support families more than ever before, beginning with the student in the natural environment of schools.

What are the concrete steps of the experiment?

The experiment contains a group of twelve students in upper secondary school. Students were able to sign up for the group themselves if they felt they needed additional personalized support in learning. The students and their parents were able to explain their needs so each student will be considered as an individual with a personalized learning path. The experiment is lead by a teacher and a counsellor. The students are chosen for the group by a faculty of multidisciplinary members from teachers to school psychologists to guidance counsellors.

The learning will take place in and outside of school with diverse teaching methods and learning environments. There will be flexibility in how to learn and learning will be interactive. Lessons may take place on digital platforms occasionally.

How will the experiment proceed in the spring of 2017?

The experiment will proceed as the school year goes forward. We start with the family, considering their needs and situations, as a learning community and work together to build better futures with the school, parents, students and municipality.

How will this experiment change the way we educate?

If the principles in this experiment become part of school operational cultures, the impact will be huge. Students will not be forced into a mindset of how learning should happen, but rather learn at their pace in ways that suit them best which are for their benefit. Parents and service providers will be able to give insight into what the future skills of the workforce are that should be taken into account.

Potential partnerships / schools:

Social and health services of the municipality of Sipoo.

Contact Information

School(s): Sipoonlahden koulu

Contact person: Tiina Luomanen

Contact email: tiina.luomanen@sipoo.fi