Here is Denmark’s new communication platform for parents and schools

Here is Denmark’s new communication platform for parents and schools
Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix
A new online platform was launched in Denmark on Monday, updating the way parents, children and schools communicate.

After several years in the making and a number of delays, the platform, Aula, has replaced predecessor Skoleintra as the online message board shared by schools and parents.

Aula is the biggest digital project ever undertaken by Denmark’s municipalities.

Jakob Volmer, project leader with Kombit, the municipalities’ contractor for the platform, said it would be more a user-friendly experience for parents.

“First and foremost, Aula is a simplification of what (parents) are used to. It’s been tidied up and streamlined right down,” Volmer said.

“It is (also) up to the minute on security and data ethics,” he added.

The initial launch will roll out to state schools (folkeskoler), with municipal childcare institutions also able to use the platform from next year.

“From a parent’s perspective it has the advantage of having a single place for all communication (with schools) about your child,” Volmer said.

The platform has already been tested at 24 Danish schools and received encouraging reviews from staff.

But parents’ organizations have been less enthusiastic, Ritzau writes.

“It’s a work in progress and many of the issues we’ve experienced have been corrected on an ongoing basis. But there is still a certain amount of difficulty,” Niels Holger Thrane Skovmand, parents’ representative on the board of Vester Hassing School in Aalborg, told Ritzau.

10 of Denmark’s 98 municipalities have chosen to postpone launch of Aula until next year, Kombit has confirmed. 

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