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Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Bytårnet skole, in the city of Moss is a primary and secondary city centre school.It's majority of pupils are from a multicultural background as well as pupils from low income families.The school has experienced that cultural activities contributes to the pupils’ sense of accomplishment while it can also break down cultural and linguistic barriers.Project goals:-To develop the schools competences in using creativity, arts and culture as a tool to face academic and social challenges amongst the pupils.-To create an inclusive learning environment where pupils are enabled and can experience an inner motivation for learning and a sense of empowerment, so that we can prevent social exclusion and radicalization. -To support an international approach to the school’s Quality Development Program An overall and long term goal is that when the school encourages innovative methods for high quality learning, they support pupils in improving their achievements and skills, to give the experience of a high level of learning, wellbeing and enjoyment. In the recent years there has been an increasing focus on the core subjects through National Tests and Pisa-scores. This creates a demand to turn the attention to the significance of the arts and creative subjects in a coherent approach to learning in all subjects.This demand is one of the main findings in a report commissioned by the Norwegian Government: NOU 2015: 8, “Pupil`s learning in the School for the Future». In this report the committee has considered what competences will be important for students in the future and what changes need to be made in the subjects for students to develop these competences.The committee recommends emphasizing more systematically creativity and innovation throughout all subjects. Furthermore the practical and aesthetic subjects are pointed out as central to the school of the future. Many of the jobs in the future do not exist yet -there is a need to strengthen entrepreneurship in terms of sustainable development to meet global challenges with the climate - and the environment.The committee’s findings and recommendations to the Norwegian Government are in line with what has been pointed out as necessary skills for navigating the complexities of an ever changing Europe. Prevention of exclusion of certain groups which can lead to radicalization is also high on the agenda in several European countries. This emphasizes the importance and the possibility of updated expertise across borders.Participation in workshops and conferences to meet this need will make an impact and call for commitment, in addition to strengthening the European dimension.The school has prepared for the project by clearing space in the planned timesheet for teachers and school leaders. Furthermore resources have been secured for student activities and for external resources to implement the new competencies into practical activities.We have chosen to take part in conferences and workshops in Finland and Sweden. The reason is that Finland has high expertise in teaching aesthetic subjects. Finland will this coming school year carry out a new curriculum where the competence in creativity and entrepreneurship is central. Sweden has been chosen because they have considerable experience and expertise in working with the inclusion of students with a multicultural background. They have also developed and implemented innovative methods for teaching aesthetic subjects.In this project our teachers will participate in workshops and conferences on topics likenew methods in arts and aesthetic subjects, entrepreneurship and creativity as well as models for cooperation between schools and cultural institutions. Furthermore will seminars and conferences that concern the prevention of exclusion and radicalization be very relevant.The project is included in Moss Municipality Strategic Plan for Development of the schools in Moss 2014-18. Information about the project will be shared within the Municipal County, nationally and with our international network.
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