Educational policy in Brandenburg
Education is the decisive instrument for the development of the future as we move towards a knowledge society. Responsibility rests both with the state and with every individual and comprises a combination of obligation and self-determination.
The State of Brandenburg believes that the main challenges of its educational policy are the holistic imparting of competences, the education of children and equality of opportunity. All pupils should have the same access to education “regardless of their economic and social situation, national origin, political or religious belief and gender” (§2 of Brandenburg School Law). In addition to this, schools provide children with individual support. This applies in the case of pupils who are especially gifted, pupils who are socially disadvantaged or pupils with disabilities. The aim is for schools in Brandenburg to be performance and outcome oriented. At the same time, one major emphasis of educational policy in Brandenburg is the idea of joint learning. One example of this is the flexible entry level (FLEX) which applies in the first two years of primary school, the objective here being successfully to standardise the initial prerequisites which the children bring.
Three level school system
Schools are structured according to level and year group. Years 1 to 6 constitute primary level, during which time pupils attend primary school. Lower secondary level comprises Years 7 to 10, whereas upper secondary education from Year 11 and the vocational schools are referred to as upper secondary level. Upper secondary teaching takes place at comprehensive schools (with upper secondary provision), at upper secondary schools and at secondary schools.
Second-chance educational pathways
In the vocational school form, the upper secondary school centres bring together vocational schools, full-time vocational schools and vocational grammar schools. Finally, teaching also takes place at schools for pupils with learning difficulties and within the second-chance educational pathways at institutes such as evening schools and colleges.
Academic vocational education and training can be completed at the Universities of Applied Sciences and institutes of higher education within the state. Further current information is available by visiting the joint Eduserver of the State of Brandenburg and Berlin at: http://bildungsserver.berlin-brandenburg.de/