Local School Choice Policies in Sweden

  • Anders Lidström


The notion of school choice has entered the Swedish school policy agenda comparatively late. The comprehensive schools, uniformly modelled according to national requirements, were streamlined in order to provide equal education for everyone, but also to facilitate changes of schools as a result of population mobility. However, other reasons for choosing a different school than the one nearby were not recognized. Pupils were expected to attend at the school closest to their homes, and alternative, private schools have always been rare in Sweden. Hence, only in exceptional cases were changes of school a result of parental priorities, rather than family mobility. The opportunities to choose between programmes within schools were greater, but in the main, these occurred at secondary level (Arnman and Jönsson, 1993).


Local Authority Middle Class Choice Policy Service Class Urban Location 


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