You have the right to make your voice heard
Everyone has the right to participate and to have an influence
All students have the right to participate, to say what they think about how teaching works, and to give their views on other matters in their school, such as recreational areas, the canteen, the student café, and all other issues related to the school.
Teachers must adapt their lessons so that they suit everyone in the class, and it's important for everyone to discuss how to make lessons as effective as possible for everyone.
The school rules are important, and all students need to be familiar with and understand them if they are to be applied. Students must be involved in the development of the school rules. The school principal makes the ultimate decision about them.
In the students' own organisations, such as the student body or student council, students can come together to discuss the issues they feel are important. These meetings can be held during school time and the school principal must listen to the issues the students raise.
In grades 7-9 and in upper secondary school, there must also be a student safety committee. The committee provides the opportunity to discuss the school's work environment with the school principal. This could relate to issues such as the poor condition of toilets, the temperature, or overstretched timetables. Student safety representatives are entitled to training in their role and free time to do their job.
What to do if you feel the school isn't listening
In most matters, the school principal or the teacher has the final say. However, they must always follow the rules in place for the school, such as the Swedish Education Act. If you feel that your school is not following the rules, you can speak with those who run the school, i.e. the person who governs the school principal. Alternatively you can let us know here at SSI – read more here:
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