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Pupils to be helped up from low level – start autumn 2022

It is important to succeed in school. And what is most fundamental is reading. In Östra Göinge everyone must talk about how important reading is, teachers, parents, grandparents...
A number of projects have been set in motion: grades from class four, two teachers in the classroom and a mid-morning snack.
Östra Göinge • Publicerad 21 april 2022 • Uppdaterad 22 april 2022
The baton, with its message ”230 in 2030”,  will be a symbol to show  that everyone is included on the journey. The target is an average merit point of 230  for all pupils in class nine.  Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) is the chairman of the preparatory group in Östra Göinge.
The baton, with its message ”230 in 2030”, will be a symbol to show that everyone is included on the journey. The target is an average merit point of 230 for all pupils in class nine. Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) is the chairman of the preparatory group in Östra Göinge.Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Pupils in Östra Göinge municipality have very low grades. It has been like that for 20 years. For the past year politicians have been dealing with the problem. A schools preparatory group of seven politicians is in charge.

And now there is a plan of action already – and everyone is to be involved.

”We're talking about high expectations on all sides”
Daniel Lyckestam Jönsson (M)
Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M)  and Merete Tillman, head of the municipal council, talk about all the measures and projects to raise the pupils' grades in school.
Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) and Merete Tillman, head of the municipal council, talk about all the measures and projects to raise the pupils' grades in school.Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

Merete Tillman, head of the municipal council, has picked up the baton from the politicians. She will ensure that there will be agreement in the whole of the municipality about the important work in schools, among politicians and all the way out to pupils in their classrooms, and to their parents.

The objective is clear – that it is important to succeed in school.

– It 's a question of attitudes and a culture that must be changed, says Tillman.

Facts

Background

A school preparatory group of seven politicians has worked on the question of how to raise grades in classes 1 - 9 in Östra Göinge. During the past year they have given information and interviewed 200 inhabitants, 60 pupils and 200 teachers. Pupils in classes 1- 9 in Östra Göinge are second-last in the country and last in Skåne.

School-leavers from class 9 have 190 merit points on average. The average in Sweden is 230 points.

Half of all the pupils are unable to get a place in an upper secondary school, or do not complete their course of studies. The average grade has been at the same low level for 20 years.

Only 57 per cent of the pupils know what they ought to know in class 6.

School-leavers from class 9 in  Östra Göinge have 190 merit points on average. The average in Sweden is 230 points.
School-leavers from class 9 in Östra Göinge have 190 merit points on average. The average in Sweden is 230 points.Foto: Jessica Gow/TT
”Other municipalities such as Landskrona have been successful in improving their schools. If others can do it, so can we”, says Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) chairman of the schools preparatory group in Östra Göinge.
”Other municipalities such as Landskrona have been successful in improving their schools. If others can do it, so can we”, says Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) chairman of the schools preparatory group in Östra Göinge.Foto: Inga-Lill Bengtsson

The politicians have set a target that by 2030 the pupils will reach 230 merit points. Today the merit point average for pupils in class nine is 190. The average for Sweden as a whole is 230.

Everyone living in the municipality is to be included.

– We're talking about high expectations on all sides. Other municipalities have been able to improve their schools - if others can do it, so can we, says Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam, (M), chairman of the schools preparatory group.

”It's all about being bold enought to try out different things”
Daniel Lyckestam Jönsson (M)
Invitations to a dialogue about schools were sent out to all households last year. Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) went out to several places to discuss schools.
Invitations to a dialogue about schools were sent out to all households last year. Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam (M) went out to several places to discuss schools.Foto: Marie-Louise Lindell

He is satisfied with the suggestion.

– It's all about being bold enought to try out different things, and not being afraid to make mistakes, says Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam, commenting on the fact that the municipality is second-bottom in the country.

There will be a kick-off in the autumn, a ”skolgille”. Then we'll mark that the road to 230 points in 2030 starts here.

Last year there were dialogues about schools in several communities. 200 residents were interviewed on the subject of schools.
Last year there were dialogues about schools in several communities. 200 residents were interviewed on the subject of schools.Foto: Marie-Louise Lindell

– We've been out in the schools and spoken to the staff. Everyone is eager to get starterd, says Daniel Jönsson Lyckestam.

Things to be done:

1. Big reading campaign

.– Reading is the basis of everything that is dine in school. If a child has reading problems, this must be followed up at an early stage., says Daniel Jöbsson Lyckestam.

– Ther are children who come to school who don't know their colours and can't count up to five. We can¨t have that, says Merete Tillman.

2. Books are to be bought in

The municipality will buy in books. Parents, grandparents, culture projects* and the library must all help. A week off school for reading will be introduced.

3. Order and good study atmosphere

Rules for behaviour, what rules apply, how to provide a good learning atmosphere for the pupils.

4. Projects in the schools

Mölleskolan in Sibbhult will test setting grades in class four.

Kviingeskolan in Hanaskog will try out a two-teacher system.

Glimåkraskolan willl concentrate on the classroom milieu, pareticularly sound and light.

5. Snacks

All children in classes 1-9 in Östra Göinge will be given a mid-morning snack. At present many children come to school on an empty stomach.

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