Children to be graded from seven

Schools will soon be allowed to give pupils grades from the age of seven, Sweden's schools minister Jan Björklund has said.

Teachers are currently forbidden from grading younger pupils, but in the future the decision will be in the hands of individual municipalities and schools.

The new rule will allow teachers to class pupils’ performance as “not passed” right from the start of their school careers at the age of seven.

Björklund argues in Monday’s edition of Dagens Nyheter that the new rules will allow parents to get a better idea of how their children are performing. Grades make it easier for both children and parents to compare a child’s performance against the school’s targets, Björklund says.