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The Danish School in Scotland

Would you like your child to learn Danish while living in Scotland?

The Danish School in Scotland is the perfect place as we offer Danish group education for children and young people aged 5-16.

The school takes place on 10 Sundays per semester from 1pm to 3pm at 6VT Youth Cafe in Edinburgh. The children are taught by our qualified Danish teacher Anna and parents can sign up to work as assistant teachers.

"My children have really enjoyed the school since they started attending last year. It's definitely encouraged and helped them to improve their Danish, whilst also being a fun and social experience that they enjoy. The fact that classes run on a fortnightly basis also works really well. We look forward to the school starting up again after summer." Ewan Cameron-Nielsen

Enrolment

Payment

We aim to keep the school as affordable as possible for families to participate in. The payment is divided into two instalments. One at the start of the semester, which secures your child's enrolment in the semester and one midway through the semester. The payments are dependent on the number of children enrolling and we also offer discounts to siblings and parents signing up as assistant teachers. You can find out what the assistant teacher role entails here.

Assistant teachers signing up to 5 dates are entitled to 15 % discount

Siblings are entitled to 25 % discounts

Combined sibling and assistant teacher (5 dates) discount - 30 %

Parents signing up as assistant teachers for the whole semester (10 dates) - 35 %

Combined sibling and assistant teacher (10 dates) discount - 40 %

Aims, Mission and Values

Aims

  • For children and young people to have fun learning Danish

  • To encourage the development of Danish friendships and network in Scotland

  • To teach and celebrate the history and culture of Denmark

  • To create a unique and dedicated learning environment, seeking to address the circumstantial challenges of being bilingual and bicultural in a British multicultural society.

  • To engage parents as active and responsible participants

 

Mission

Danish culture and language is important to us and we want to keep all options open for our children to allow them to engage with Denmark and mainland Europe in the future. We know that being bilingual has lots of positive effects on learning as well as being able to use the second language. We want to promote the Danish language, culture and traditions for our children and young people, who wish to learn/improve their Danish regardless of current proficiency. The ideal is for our children and young people to develop a foundation strong enough to pass Folkeskolens Afgangsproeve. To achieve this, we will provide educational opportunities for children and young people with a Danish background in Scotland.

 

Values

  • Be an inclusive and non-discriminatory community - all ages and all abilities to speak Danish; we will have classes for different age groups/abilities

  • Encourage play, creativity and curiosity - we acknowledge that if children/young people are going to spend time going to school in their spare time, the classes need to be structured so they are fun and engaging

  • Be open and honest

  • Recognise and respect different learning styles

  • Affordable – we will look for funding from different sources to keep the cost of classes down

FAQ

How do I become an assistant teacher?

The only things needed to become an assistant teacher are the commitment and an ability to have fun while teaching children and young people Danish.

You do not need any experience as you will be following the lead of an experienced teacher. You can read more about what the assistant teacher role entails here.

 

For any students interested in becoming involved, we are happy to provide references for further study/career opportunities.

For more information, please contact dss.skole@gmail.com.

How is the school run?

The school is run by the Danish-Scottish Society in conjunction with parents. The school's steering group consists of 2 parents nominated at the parents meeting in May, 2 parents nominated at the parents meeting in November, 1 Danish-Scottish Society committee member and 1 representative from the Danish-Scottish Playgroup.

A school coordinator administers the school on a day to day basis and the teacher manages the teaching side of the school.

Any questions about the school, please contact dss.skole@gmail.com.

For questions in relation to teaching, please contact dss.laerer@gmail.com.

Can I enrol if my child does not understand Danish?

Yes. The school caters for children and young people with various degrees of Danish proficiency. We accommodate proficiency as well as age when organising classes.

What does my payment include?

Admission to the school, teacher fee, room hire and materials are all included in the school fee. We aim to keep the school as affordable as possible.