A pupil's identity and self-image, opinions and attitudes grow in interaction with others. Social learning takes place in both the teaching, training and in all the other activities at school. Learning subject matter cannot be isolated from social learning. Bearing this in mind, in the day-to-day work, the pupils' academic and social learning and development are interconnected.
The ability to understand what others think, feel and experience is the basis for empathy and friendship between pupils. Dialogue is crucial in social learning, and the school must teach the value and importance of a listening dialogue to deal with opposition. When interacting with their pupils, the teachers must promote communication and collaboration that will give the pupils the confidence and courage to express their own opinions and to point out issues on the behalf of others. To learn to listen to others and also argue for one's own views will give the pupils the platform for dealing with disagreements and conflicts, and for seeking solutions together. Everyone must learn to cooperate, function together with others and develop the ability to participate and take responsibility. The pupils and their homes are also responsible for contributing to a good environment and sense of belonging. Just as each pupil contributes to the environment in school, so will this environment contribute to the individual's well-being, development and learning.
Each individual's good judgment is necessary to protect privacy and respect for one's private life. Utterances that are hateful and show a lack of respect must not be tolerated in school. The pupils must be trained to act in a considerate way and develop awareness of their own attitudes. Different communication forms and use of technology will enrich and challenge the social environment. All pupils must learn to act responsibly in all contexts in and outside school.