Government carrot for schools who up the ante in raising grades of weak students

A number of schools in Denmark have unacceptably high numbers of academically-weak pupils

The government is going to offer 120 schools with high proportions of educationally-struggling pupils more money if they do something about the problem, PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the education minister, Merete Risager, have told media.

The so-called ‘school pool’ will be able to offer schools between 1.3 and 1.5 million kroner per year if they can reduce the number of pupils who score less than grade 4 in Danish and mathematics.

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The Ministry of Education defines Grade 4 as being “for a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses”.

A focus on improvement
Risager hopes the money will be an inducement to headteachers to focus on improving the marks of the weakest pupils.

“We’re talking about a great deal of money that can act as a significant boost to the individual school,” Risager said.

The 120 schools are spread across 57 different municipalities.





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