Baerland Primary School wants to become one of Norway’s best schools within spring 2019. Rector Tom Gilje first got the idea of applying lean principles at his school during a discussion with some of his family members who are working with lean in industry.
The teachers at Baerland agreed on two main objectives for their lean implementation:
- Increase the learning output for the pupils. Provide pupils with more time for learning, teachers with more time for teaching, and increase the quality of teaching.
- Improve the working environment for the teachers. Create a more attractive working environment at the school and remove “time thieves” in administration of classes.
The first steps included lean training for a smaller team of teachers with a local lean consultancy, and a pilot implementation. Today, Baerland Primary School is particularly focusing on three lean practices:
- “5S” workplace organization;
- Continuous improvement;
- Standardization of best practices of teaching.
An example of some lean practices include:
- The school is tries to get agreement on common practices for teaching (for example, how to start and end a class effectively).
- All Baerland employees gather for a five-minute morning meeting.
- Children also take part in improvement activities.
- Tape markings and visual instructions keep the school in an orderly state.
- When a thing is not used for a while it will be marked with a date and moved to a physical place where unused objects are kept for a few days before being removed from the school if not claimed.
Read the entire article at https://planet-lean.com/primary-school-lean-norway/