Skip to main content
European Commission logo

Eurydice

EACEA National Policies Platform:Eurydice
Denmark: Transforming Education – Government's initiative to reform primary and lower secondary schools

News & Articles

News & Articles

Denmark: Transforming Education – Government's initiative to reform primary and lower secondary schools

21 November 2023
classroom
Country news

The Danish government has presented a green paper on a reform of the primary and lower secondary education. The purpose of the reform is to strengthen and free the primary and lower secondary school (Folkeskolen) from a number of requirements and regulations. Based on the green paper, the Minister for Children and Education will enter a dialogue with practitioners, stakeholders and political parties. The first negotiations about the reform are expected to take place early next year. 

The green paper focuses on five major areas: 

  1. An increase in local autonomy regarding local priorities in the Danish Folkeskole; 
  2. More instruction in practical subjects and greater freedom of choice for the eldest pupils; 
  3. An increase in the influence of the school boards; 
  4. A strengthening of the teachers’ competencies, for instance by improving the opportunities for further education and training; 
  5. A stronger sense of community in the classroom. 

 

In the green paper, the government presents many initiatives, including among others: 

  • Local school flexibility regarding the length of the school day, the organisation of the school day and reduction or increasement of instruction time; 
  • Local school flexibility regarding the national requirements on teacher qualifications; 
  • Local school flexibility regarding school curricula; 
  • Increasing the number of practical subjects; 
  • Decreasing the number of pupils per class in form level 0-2; 
  • Investments in specialised classrooms and the necessary facilities for practical and musical subjects; 
  • Junior apprenticeship in the final years of schooling. This entails that all pupils in form level 8 and 9 are offered the opportunity to attend a practical-oriented course in a business one or two days a week instead of following the ordinary instruction in school these days; 
  • Greater freedom of choice for pupils in form level 7-9 by introducing new optional subjects and increasing instruction time allocated to optional subjects; 
  • Improving the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of digital technology and informatics; 
  • Recommendations regarding the pupils' use of digital tools/screens;  
  • Improving the guidance of pupils regarding education and their job opportunities; 
  • Experiments with practical tests/exams; 
  • The pupils’ well-being, including the strain due to tests; 
  • Educational-psychological advisory service; 
  • Improving the teachers’ CPD opportunities; 
  • Development of the teachers’ competencies in special educational assistance and class management. 

 

 

For more information: The Ministry of Children and Education 

Source: Eurydice Unit Denmark 

Picture credit: Adobe Stock #301245840 

Latest News and Articles

Ireland: Report on quality of education for children and young people from Ukraine

20 February 2024

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education published ‘The Quality of Education for Children and Young People from Ukraine’ – a composite report on the

...

Belgium (DE): The DuO training grant initiative for a skilled workforce

05 February 2024

To counteract the shortage of skilled workers, the government of the German-speaking Community wants to rely on a combination of several measures by introducing the

...

Belgium (FR): Introducing the DAccE - revolutionising education for every pupil

31 January 2024

In September 2023, Belgium launched a groundbreaking tool known as the DAccE (Dossier accompaniment de l'Élève = Pupil’s Accompanying File). Initially implemented for students from

...

Erasmus Mundus turns 20: reflecting on two decades of a global programme

30 January 2024

As the Erasmus Mundus programme celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we had the opportunity to speak with Dagmar Höpcke and Bart Cosyns, both are

...