Schooling, education and learning

Ensuring that young people are able to become educated constitutes one aspect of realising the youth policy goals of providing young people with access to welfare and influence.
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Our work in the area of schooling, education and learning

We work to find out what young people’s educational situation looks like today. Amongst other things, we have studied young people’s influence at school, how well young people are achieving educational targets and the opportunities available to young parents to complete their schooling.

Young people’s influence at school

Every school has a duty to work actively to promote pupil influence. Our studies of the school system show however that there are still deficiencies with regard to the influence pupils are able to exercise over their own learning. Pupil influence exists in a formal sense, but plays a relatively marginal role in the everyday life of schools. It is becoming increasingly common for dissatisfied pupils to change schools instead of exercising influence through class or pupil councils.

Not all pupils achieve the specified learning targets

Our annual report, Young today, shows that only 81.7 percent of pupils in year nine achieved the learning targets in at least sixteen subjects in 2010/11.

Young parents fail to complete their schooling

Every year approximately 1,300 children are born to women who are under 20 years of age. Young parents are at much greater risk than other young people of not completing further education, which makes it difficult for them to enter the labour market following their period of parental leave. The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society has published figures showing that 75 percent of young parents have not completed three years of further education by the age of 25. The corresponding figure for young people without children is 17 percent.