Education and learning

School’s core values

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Equality and the freedom of the individual to make his or her own choices are fundamental values of Norwegian society. These values are also reflected in education. Instruction and activities in schools aim to teach students that all human beings are of equal value and students are to have the opportunity to influence their everyday school life and learn early on to take responsibility for their own learning. The schools in turn are required to offer all students instruction on the appropriate level for each individual student.

The goal of schools is to educate individuals to think independently and develop good social and academic skills.

In a modern democracy, inhabitants are expected to have both knowledge and independent opinions and to actively participate in the labour market and community life. Schools are responsible for providing children with good general knowledge. This means that children learn about a wide variety of subjects. They learn language and mathematic skills and about society and the natural world around them.

Schools have a variety of tasks in addition to providing children with good basic knowledge, such as teaching children to:

  • Search for information and evaluate this information critically
  • Form their own opinions based on information and individual assessment
  • Argue their opinions
  • Ungdomsskoleelever

    Taken from Education Goals poster

    (Utdanningsdirektoratet – Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training)

    School education is aimed at:

    • In collaboration with the home, opening doors to the world and future and giving students an historic and cultural understanding and foundation
    • Building on the basic values of Christian and humanistic tradition and heritage, such as respect for the value of human life and nature, intellectual freedom, humanity, forgiveness, equality and solidarity, all of which are also expressed in various religious and faiths and are embedded in human rights
    • Contributing to expanding knowledge and the understanding of the national cultural heritage and our shared international cultural tradition
    • Providing insight into cultural diversity and showing respect for the beliefs of others
    • Promoting democracy, equality and scientific thought


It is the responsibility of the school to:

  • Give all students equal opportunities to develop their abilities and talents individually and as a team
  • Stimulate the desire to learn, ability to persevere, and curiosity
  • Stimulate students to develop their own learning strategies and critical thought
  • Stimulate students in their personal development and in strengthening their identity, developing ethical, social and cultural competencies, and an understanding of democracy and democratic participation
  • Facilitate student participation and have students make conscious value choices, also with regard to their further education and occupation
  • Ensure that the physical and psychosocial working and learning environment promotes good health, well-being and learning
  • Facilitate cooperation with the home (parents) and ensure that parents share responsibility with the school