Finland is making subject teaching history

Lauren Grunwell, a secondary school English teacher, explores the impact of phenomenon-based learning on the student experience, along with the potential benefits and obstacles to implementing this innovative educational model in UK schools.
Teacher with young pupils

Phenomenon-based learning is a Finnish pedagogy born of the new 2016 curriculum which Grunwell saw in action during a sabbatical spent in Finland investigating successful student-led learning ideas, thanks to a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Grunwell considers the rationale behind a pedagogy which allows students the freedom to plan and structure their own learning and which focuses on developing students’ skills, rather than the traditional route of imparting knowledge which students must memorise. 

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