SI-PASS in schools
There is a social innovation initiative spreading SI in upper and lower secondary schools in Sweden. The activities are run under the name Regional SI Platform with a coordinating unit at Lund university. This unit trains students and staff, develops and scales this model, evaluates the effects, and coordinates the operations.
The activities take place in a Swedish context but replicability in other countries has been taken into consideration throughout the whole development process. If you are curious and have any questions how this could work in your educational context, you are more than welcome to contact johan [dot] fredriksson [at] stu [dot] lu [dot] se.
The aim of the regional SI Platform is to:
- secure the long-term provision of competence throughout southern Sweden
- promote widening participation and provide inspiration for further studies
- bridge a gap between stages of education (primary/lower secondary-upper secondary- higher education institution/university)
- improve results
- prevent drop-outs
- stimulate skills such as critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, accountability, self-confidence, metacognition and communication proficiency
The Regional SI Platform has three phases:
- Phase 1: SI Leaders from higher education institutions visit surrounding upper secondary schools every week and run SI sessions linked to different subjects, such as mathematics, Swedish as a second language, chemistry, French or social sciences. SI sessions are held for a range of programmes: higher education preparatory programmes, occupational programmes, introductory programmes or adult education.
- Phase 2: Upper secondary schools start their own SI activities in which, for example, pupils in year three are SI Leaders within the scope of their upper secondary school work for pupils in year one.
- Phase 3: Upper secondary schools establish cooperation with surrounding primary/lower secondary schools in which SI Leaders from upper secondary school hold SI sessions for lower secondary school pupils. There are now examples of continued progression downwards from lower secondary school, so that pupils in (lower secondary) year seven are SI Leaders for (primary) year two.
At present, the operation includes 5 higher education institutions, around 30 upper secondary schools and 5 primary/lower secondary schools.