The students in grades 7 to 9 get about an hour more math per week. At the same time, the teaching of sports in grades 6 to 9 is increased by approximately the same amount.
The changes are a result of the government wanting Swedish children to learn more mathematics. A decision to change the regulations governing the school schedule was made a year ago.
While students are given more guaranteed teaching time in math and sports and health, as many hours disappear from the guaranteed time in the student's choice.Affects in different ways
How this affects the schools in Dalarna is a bit different.
Some municipalities have already introduced extra math or extra sports. In Mora, the schools have more math than the timetable required, so there is no change for the students, but since they get more sports it will still mean about an hour more a week at school.
"Sport does not only mean the actual minutes that the schedule increases, but you also have to change and shower and move," says Heléne Linder, head of elementary school in Mora.Most people are positive
SVT News Dalarna has been in contact with a majority of the county's school principals, and most are positive about the change.
- That students move more and get more mathematics education should benefit the goal achievement positively. At the same time, the reform restricts the principal's freedom of action to create solutions for the local conditions, says Johan Svedmark, Director of Children and Education Falu Municipality.
The school principals also agree that the new arrangement presents challenges. The pressure is increasing on both teachers and premises. The need for recruitment is increasing and many people find it difficult to find times for indoor sports.
Start the clip to see primary school principal Heléne Linder, explain how the change affects students and teachers in Mora.