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Education Systems Around The World and in the UK

In 1880, education became compulsory in Britain. A lot has changed since then – technology is always continuing to evolve and along with it, the ability for humans from all over the globe to communicate and interact with each other. However, is the UK’s schooling system keeping up with modern times? We interviewed some members of staff at Balcarras and studied two other country’s education systems, in order to discover the ways in which they teach the next generations and improve our own methods.

Finland’s Education System

The 5th highest ranked education system in the world, Finland’s attitudes towards school seem quite different to our own. They focus on collaboration rather than competition, and teachers have the same social status as doctors and lawyers; they are paid equally regardless of their pupil’s academic performance. In fact, children don’t start school until they are seven years old, and for their first six years of formal education, their attainment is not measured at all. The majority rarely do homework until their mid teen years and there is only one compulsory standardised test, which takes place when they are 16. They receive more break time as well. In terms of learning styles, science classes contain a maximum of 16 students, allowing them to participate in practical all students, regardless of their ability, are taught in the same class – this allows them to learn from each other.

China’s Education System

Balcarras student’s views

We asked two Year 8s, Bethany and Ella, to find out what they thought about schools in the UK.

An Interview with our Headteacher, Mr Burke

We interviewed our head teacher to see his views on our education systems.

Taking into account the education systems that other countries use, as well as their results, what do you think our schools should be like in the future?

Tweet us @balcarrasschool/bbcschoolreport and tell us your thoughts!