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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

20th November 2020

The Education and Culture Directorate of the canton of Uri has prepared and published the report on the primary school for the 2019/2020 school year. The annual report presents the status and development of the main areas of the Uri primary school in nine chapters. It also provides information on how the schools are dealing with the measures taken in connection with the Corona crisis.


The total number of pupils at the Uri primary school has again decreased slightly compared to the previous year. The number of departments has also decreased slightly and has reached a new low of 214, as can be read in the current annual report on elementary schools for the 2019/2020 school year. The report provides information in nine chapters on all essential areas of primary school. When switching from primary to lower secondary level, the figures for levels A (52%) and B (27%) were similar to those in previous years. The transfer rate to grammar school was more than 20 percent, which is almost 4 percentage points higher than last year.


Strong teacher training

In the 2019/2020 school year, the Office for Elementary Schools issued 29 definitive and 43 temporary teaching permits. 20 of the newly hired teachers started their first job in the canton of Uri immediately after completing their training at a teacher training college. In the summer of 2019, the Office for Elementary Schools once again organized an obligatory introductory event for all teachers who are new to teaching in the canton of Uri.


At 1229, the number of first-time registrations by Uri teachers for the NORI 2020/2021 course program is again very high. 58 courses can be held in the canton of Uri, which corresponds to a completion rate of 77 percent. A total of 58 teachers successfully completed their post-qualification for the new subject “Media and IT” in summer 2020 and received their teaching permits from the Director of Education personally.


Valuable integration service

At the kindergarten and primary level, the schools used an average of 0.23 lessons per pupil for the support measures. The individual values ​​of the schools are between 0.21 and 0.33 lessons. Seven of the fifteen schools use more resources than the minimum standard required by the guidelines. The integrated upper levels without a factory school use an average of 0.29 lessons per pupil for the support measures. The values ​​of the individual schools are between 0.22 and 0.37 lessons. The total of 274 lessons in German as a second language (DaZ) was practically the same as in the previous year. Around 44 percent of all schoolchildren who receive DaZ lessons attend kindergarten.


In the year under review, 55 pupils (previous year: 50) were trained as part of the integrative special training in regular schools. 34 pupils (previous year: 38) attended classes in the Uri special school, papilio foundation. A total of 23 (previous year: 26) children and young people were schooled in institutions outside the canton.


Professional support

The School Psychological Service (SPD) carried out 454 (previous year: 476) consultations in connection with learning and behavioral disorders among schoolchildren. In addition, the SPD is also active in educational counseling, conflict and crisis management, initial counseling for teachers and school teams, and as a child protection department. In the area of ​​crisis and conflict management, the SPD processed 44 cases in the reporting year (previous year: 38). In the past school year he was active in the field of child protection in 35 cases (previous year: 34). The initial consultation for teachers and school teams was attended by 8 teachers (previous year: 10).


Professional handling of the corona crisis

The findings so far from the experience of the Uri elementary school in dealing with the Corona crisis show that the social cohesion in Uri and the flexibility of the schools have contributed significantly to the fact that the protective measures decreed by the Federal Council and in some cases drastic, the educational success of Uri pupils could not have a lasting effect. The Uri schools committed to implementing the prescribed measures under great time pressure and mastered them professionally.


Note: The report on primary school for the 2019/2020 school year is available on the website of the canton of Uri: (search term: report on primary school)



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