As a part of the cooperation in Sweden, each participating school started with presenting their own school policies. This is what their presentations looked like.
School policies at Thorén Innovation
School – Uddevalla
At our school we don’t have strictly written policies.
We go by ‘the Golden Rule’ which is:
‘The principle of treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated.’
- Discipline: is something that everyone has to work on themselves, on taking their own responsibility.
- Attendance: Is taken at the beginning of every lesson and is registered in the computer system. Parents and students get an SMS as soon as their child/they is/are missing. It absence is too high, the student might lose the student benefit given by the state (around 100€/month).
- Teachers’ absence attendance: in case of a teacher being absent, another teacher jumps in, or a substitute teacher is arranged to come. Since we work with computer technology a lot, very often the assignments are available for the students anyway.
- Mobile phones: you would probably not wish to be disturbed by someone’s phone ringing while you’re giving a talk, we keep our phones on silent and ask for permission to leave the classroom in case of emergency. If necessary, the phones can be used to take pictures of the notes on the whiteboard.
- School welcoming new students: Students that start at the school have their own day at school dedicated to the introduction. Thereafter, they will get to know older students through a series of leisure activities organized at the beginning of each school year.
- Relationship with parents: School keeps in touch with parents as long as the student is younger than 18. Twice a year the parents have a chance to come to teacher-parent meetings, but they can also contact the school at any time via e-mail.
- Evaluation: is carried out in accordance with the state school department on a scale A (=best) to E, F (=failed).
- Bullying: school has zero bullying policy. Anything that appears that happens that suggests bullying problem is being addressed immediately and taken very seriously. We pride ourselves with not having many such incidents at our school.
- Clothes: no rules, we don’t change to slippers at school.
- Time: we are all trying to come on time. Sometimes the circumstances don’t allow this (for example when buses and trains are late), but that’s understandable.
- Drinking & eating: This is probably the only ‘rule’ that we’re being reminded of if necessary: ‘No food or drinks in the library or the classrooms.’ In short, anywhere where spilling could cause some damage to school material, like books or computers.
- Recycling: there are different sorts of bins designed for recycling different sorts of materials. Since we work a lot with our computers, we don’t use much paper.
Zamoyski School Policies
- Students are not allowed to eat during lessons.
- Using mobile phones is forbidden during classes. If necessary, students can look something up on the Internet.
- You have to wear white outfit during PE classes.
- At least 50% of attendance is required.
- Students have to inform their head teachers about their absence via Librus (online register).
Teachers’ attendance management
- Students are informed via Librus about teachers’ absences.
Relationship with parents
- Twice a term there is a meeting with parents.
- Parents can contact teachers via Librus.
- At the beginning of the first year there are initial languages placements.
- There are grades from 1 to 6. 1 is the worst and 6 is the best.
- You have to get at least 50% to pass a test and 60% from languages tests.
- Your final grade at the end of the semester is based on the weighted average of your grades.
Tackling bullying problems
- We have support from school psychologist.
- Tap water is drinkable so students don’t use plastic bottles.
- We recycle batteries.
Click on the following link to see Finland’s presentation.
Click on the following link to see Austria’s presentation.
After all the presentations were done, students were divided into mixed groups and were supposed to discuss and compare each school’s policy. Teachers also ended up discussing the same topic.
While students prefer more freedom and less rules (they liked Sweden’s attitude towards school policies the most), teachers feel like certain amount of discipline is necessary in order to build good habits and succeed in the education process.