The school board

School boards lay down the general principles for the activities of the school

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A school board consists of at least 2 representatives of the teaching staff and other staff, at least 2 representatives of the pupils and a majority of representatives of parents.

If you have a child who is going to attend or is already attending the school, you can stand as a parent representative. You do not need professional expertise on school issues to stand.

Parent representatives are elected for 4 years at a time, while the pupil and staff representatives are usually only elected for 1 year at a time.

The school board determines among other things principles on:

  • How the teaching is organised, for instance number of hours per pupil at each class level, range of optional subjects offered and special education.
  • Cooperation between school and home, how many parent-teacher meetings the school should hold, etc.
  • Distribution of the work between the teachers, for instance who should be class teachers.
  • Joint events for pupils during school hours, school boarding trips, work placements, etc.
In addition, the board approves the school budget and proposals for teaching equipment that the school may make. The tasks can vary from board to board, and the municipal authority can decide to add some tasks not mentioned here.

If you disagree with a decision made by the school board, you can approach the school Head. If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Head, you can contact the municipality.

Last updated: 03 April 2024