Development of a model for collaborative school engagement work in basic education

OKM021:00/2021 Development

Promoting school engagement and preventing school attendance problems (SAP) are the priorities in engaging school community work (SKY). The essential goal of the program is to produce a national model for tackling SAP. The main focus is on preventive actions at school level. The national model will be prepared on the basis of local pilots and developmental assessment work.

Basic information In progress

Project number OKM021:00/2021

Set by Ministry of Education and Culture

Term/schedule 15.2.2021 – 31.12.2023

Date of appointment

Contact person
Minna Polvinen, Opetusneuvos
tel. +358 295 330 262
[email protected]

Contact person
Johanna Sergejeff, Kehittämispäällikkö
tel. +358 295 330 411
[email protected]

Contact person
Erja Vitikka, Opetusneuvos
tel. +358 295 330 058
[email protected]

Goals and results

General objectives
• To create and consolidate a national model for enhancing school engagement in cooperation with stakeholders.
• To support pupils' attachment to school and to reduce school absences.
• To strengthen the capacity of schools to support the achievement of basic skills and learning outcomes through the reduction of absenteeism and the strengthening of school engagement.
• To develop and stabilize indicators for the national statistics for monitoring pupils' absences.

Summary

Promoting school engagement and preventing school attendance problems (SAP) are the priorities in engaging school community work (SKY). The essential goal of the program is to produce a national model for tackling SAP. The main focus is on preventive actions at school level. The national model will be prepared on the basis of local pilots and developmental assessment work.

Starting points

The Finnish National Agency for Education has published a survey about the current situation in municipalities struggling with SAP (https://www.oph.fi/fi/tilastot-ja-julkaisut/julkaisut/kouluakaymattomyys-suomessa). According to the survey there is a multitude of different local models to tackle SAP in the absence of national guidelines. Absences are often addressed too late and the models have not sufficiently taken into account preventive measures and early intervention. National monitoring of absences is currently lacking. The national SKY-model which is created as a result of the development work aims to improve these aspects.

Additional information