List of good practices in Denmark
3 types of early school leavers:
- The ones who achieve poorly at school
- The ones who have social difficulties
- The ones who have disadvantaged backgrounds
IT-backpack (the students who are dyslectic or have other similar difficulties get a computer and helping programs from the school)
Differentiated materials, our books often have texts in different levels
Differentiated teaching, we have different expectations and demands to the different students.
Variety in our teaching where we try to involve the different learning styles
We have several not-academically subjects like woodwork, PE, needlework, home economics, music, art etc.
Class dividing (we divide them in gender, interests, levels etc.)
Sport days several times a year
Theme days several times a year
Less homework – they have to read 20 minutes a day – one lesson at the library a week.
Support teachers, who we can bring the class
Reading counselor at school
AKT department at school
Social worker at school – the students can get a contact-person, who can help outside school.
Career guidance counselor at school
School psychologist at school
Special needs assistants who help the students who require them
We can test students as much as we want – out headmistress thinks that it’s better to test too many instead of too few. We need to give the students the help they need.
Class’ time – one lesson a week, where we work on the social bonding in the class with teambuilding and discussing topics like bullying etc.
We are obliged to focus on social bonding between the students.
We try to see the students in a positive way, see their qualities instead of their limits
The teachers must know the students inside and outside school – get to know them well
The teachers have to read the reports on the different students.
The teachers must be very clear and consistent.
We have surveys at school regarding the well-being of the students
If a student has not showed up at school the secretary will call their parents in the morning
If there are problems or the students haven’t made their homework we write in an online contact book directly to their parents
Pupil’s council at school where the pupils discuss new ideas for the school or problems we have to deal with.
Sport clubs after school
Homework help after school
Youth club in the evening three times a week
School party once a year
Class activities planned by parents outside school a couple of times a year
Youth school courses, an offer for students in our municipality