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Alliance Leaders Visit IES Uppsala

Alliance Leaders Visit IES Uppsala

Students at Internationella Engelska Skolan Uppsala had a chance to quiz political leaders from the centre-right Alliance parties during a visit to the school.

The four politicians, Conservative party leader Anna Kinberg Batra, Liberal party leader Jan Björklund, Annie Lööf, leader of the Centre party and Ebba Busch Thor, leader of the Christian Democrats, toured the school before taking questions from students, and eventually journalists.

Students asked about topics including Brexit, the military, housing issues in Sweden and the gender pay gap.

Students ask questions of the Alliance leaders in a session moderated by thier classmate Angelica Hagström (left).

Angelica Hagström, 14 of class 8A, was in charge of the event after she was chosen to moderate the session for her classmates.

She said: “It was really fun, but I was nervous as well, because If I said something wrong there would be so many people who heard. I felt a bit special when I was asked to moderate, and that is always nice.”

Angelica had been thinking about her own questions to ask before she was offered the chance to lead the discussion.

She said: "I thought I would ask about the grading systems.  Then when we were going into the class my social-science teacher asked if I could organise the questions a bit. I thought: 'that is no big deal, I can do that’.

“The politicians had good and well-thought-out answers so you knew what they meant, they spoke well. I think it is good to hear them speak directly, because then you can build your own opinion rather than being influenced by what is reported.”

Mr Östling, the school's Principal, welcoming Anna Kinberg Batra.

During the event the politicians presented their ideas of how education in Sweden could develop. They spoke of Pisa, how to make the teaching profession more attractive, education for those newly arrived in Sweden, an increase in the number of hours of teaching that students receive, encouraging parents to make a more active school choice and even externally moderated national tests.

Following on from their press conference the political leaders met with Mr Östling, the school’s Principal to discuss issues around education and to hear his views.

He said: "It was a great honour for us to host the visit and show our school to a few of the most influential politicians in the country. We are proud of our school and our students, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have our students show their knowledge of politics by the excellent questions they asked. Personally, I am very pleased to have shared the story of IES Uppsala and to have been given the chance to discuss educational matters and concerns with people who can really make a difference on the national level."

Mr Östling and Mr Grant, head of year 7 and maths teacher, (right) hold a meeting with the four Alliance leaders.

National Test Results Released for 2016: Strong Results Show Value Added for Internationella Engelska Skolan Students Between Years 6 and 9.

Swedish education agency Skolverket has now published statistics from the 2016 national tests for middle schools. Internationella Engelska Skolan’s (IES) year 9 students have once again achieved significantly higher results than the national average.

In the subject of mathematics the difference between IES and municipal schools has grown. Some 60 percent of year nine students at IES managed to achieve top grades (A-C) which compared with 35 percent of students in municipally run schools in Sweden. In Swedish, 72 percent of students in IES took top grades, against 51 percent in municipal schools. In English the difference was 97 percent against 69.

As part of its quality assessment system, Internationella Engelska Skolan is now looking at the value added to its students. Irrespective of the socioeconomic composition, how much does the school help to raise the students' attainment level over a three-year period. This is a measure, which is strongly recommended by school researchers. Now, for the first time it is possible to compare the results achieved by students in grade nine in spring 2016 with the corresponding national tests that they undertook when they were in grade six in the spring of 2013. IES has found a way to statistically follow the students so that we can see the results for the exact same student body for both tests.

Comparing these results to find the value added shows that Internationella Engelska Skolan has a significant positive effect on the education of students. On the national test in mathematics in year six, the gap between IES and municipal schools in terms of the percentage of students achieving top grades A-C was 11 percentage points. Three years later this gap had grown to 29 percentage points, meaning a value added by IES of 18 percentage points. In the subject of Swedish, the value added is 12 percentage points while in English the difference is one percentage point (this is because 95 per cent of IES students already received top grades in year six after most of them had studied with IES for three years).

In the debate around education, it is often claimed that the positive outcomes from Internationella Engelska Skolan’s students are the result of the socioeconomic background of the students. This is said despite the fact that IES does not select its students, has many schools in poorer socio-economic areas and has a higher proportion of students with a foreign background than the average in Sweden. The new measure of value added validates that IES schools have a significant positive impact on students’ attainment. Students have shown a greater academic improvement, regardless of their background, at IES schools than they have in those run by municipalities.

Damian Brunker, Head of Academics for Internationella Engelska Skolan, comments: “It is clear from the results that the calm teaching environment and the work ethic that we offer, combined with the recruitment of qualified teachers from other countries, drives positive results among students, irrespective of social background.”

Principal Appointed To Lead Internationella Engelska Skolan Årsta

Principal Appointed To Lead Internationella Engelska Skolan Årsta

An experienced Australian educator has been chosen to lead Internationella Engelska Skolan’s new school in Årsta, Stockholm.

Mr Julian Dent has worked at Internationella Engelska Skolan Hässelby for more than five years since the school opened in 2011, and during that time has held positions including Academic Manager and head of department for English.

Based on his performance at the school he was selected for an in-house management training course where he impressed senior managers as he increased his skills in school leadership. Now he has accepted the role as Principal of IES Årsta, and will take on his new role in January 2017, ahead of the school opening in August of that year.

He said: “I am honoured to be the founding Principal of IES Årsta.

“IES Årsta will be a school which upholds the IES ethos through high quality teaching and respect for all students to learn and grow in all aspects of their school life; a school where learning is celebrated; a school where high academic expectations will be achieved in an environment of bilingualism and ‘tough love’.

“I am looking forward to welcoming teachers, students and parents in August 2017 to start this journey together.”

Mr Dent earned his teaching qualifications in Australia, where he worked as an English and humanities teacher in the capital, Canberra, before moving to Sweden in 2011.

He is a keen orienteer, and has been the highest ranked male competitor in Australia from 2007-2016.  He has represented Australia in the world orienteering championships every year since 2002.

Welcoming Mr Dent to his new role, Ralph Riber, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan said: “Mr Dent has proven himself as an educator and team-player who fully lives up to the IES ethos during his time at IES Hässelby.  His impeccable track record makes him an excellent candidate to be a Principal and I look forward to continuing to work with him in that new role.  It is always positive for us when we are able to identify existing IES colleagues who are ready to take on the role as Principal. There is great value in a new school having a leader who is fully versed in our culture and what we stand for: providing a safe and calm environment where teachers can teach and students learn, command of the English language, and high academic expectations.

“His first task as Principal will be absolutely key to the success of the school, as he builds a strong international team around him, bringing the best teachers from the English-speaking world as well as excellent teachers from Sweden.”

Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “I am pleased to welcome Mr Dent to his role as Principal. He is certainly a competent and energetic young man.”

Mr Dent will be attending an information evening about the school which is being held at Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, at Lingvägen 123, 122 45 Enskede, (T-bana: Gubbängen) on Thursday, November 24. The presentation will be given from 18.00-19.00.

Internationella Engelska Skolan Årsta will be a 4-9 school and will open in August 2017. The queue is open now and parents are welcome to apply for a place for their children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meet The Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg

Parents attending an information meeting about Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg can meet the experienced and well-qualified principal who will lead the new school.

In August 2017 when IES Helsingborg celebrates its first day of school, Mr Joakim Andersson will stand by the newly opened doors, welcoming students in his role as their principal.

Mr Andersson has worked in education since 1988 and has led free schools as well as those run by municipalities.  He has been a teacher, a principal and has even worked in schools leadership for Helsingborg’s education department.

Mr Andersson knows Helsingborg well, it is his home town and the place that he has worked for nearly 30 years, including at Bårslövsskolan, Fredriksdalsskolan, Norrlyckeskolan, Dalhemsområdet, and Kunskapsskolan.

Over the course of his solid career in education he has spent 12 years as a wood and metalwork teacher and amassed over 16 years experience as a school leader, including more than ten years as a principal.

As he prepares for his new role, Mr Andersson said: “I am really looking forward to being part of building a school from scratch in a learning environment where old meets new through the spirit of Internationella Engelska Skolan. 

“Cornerstones in the process of building this school for the future include holding students learning in focus, and encouraging high expectations for success.  Using the three pillars of the IES ethos I am convinced that we can develop the ideal school for students in the city of Helsingborg.”

Ralph Riber, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, welcomed Mr Andersson to his role.

He said:  “I am pleased to have recruited a principal with the experience of Mr Andersson to drive our new school in Helsingborg to be the best school in the area. He has unmatched local knowledge while at the same time clearly embracing all three aspects of the IES ethos – high academic achievement, command of the English language, and providing a safe and calm environment, where teachers can teach and students can learn.

“His first task as principal will be absolutely key to the success of the school, as he builds a strong international team around him, bringing the best teachers from the English-speaking world as well as excellent teachers from Sweden.”

Barbara Bergström, founder and vice chairman of Internationella Engelska Skolan, added: “I am delighted to welcome Mr. Andersson to our IES family.

“Mr. Andersson is a highly qualified educator who has his heart in the right place.  With his dedication to implement our ethos of discipline, high expectations and the strong pursuit of knowledge, our school in Helsingborg will be one of the finest in the area.

“Mr. Andersson is very familiar with the larger Helsingborg area.  He and his team will contribute with an international atmosphere and dynamics to education.  I look forward to welcoming our new students and staff in Helsingborg.”

In preparation for the school’s opening, Mr Andersson will take on his new role from 1 January 2017.  In order to meet future parents and students he will also attend the information meeting about the school which is being held on Monday, 21 November, from 18:30-19:30 at Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg.

Internationella Engelska Skolan Helsingborg will be a 4-9 school and will open in August 2017. The queue is open now and parents are welcome to apply for a place for their children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit www.helsingborg.engelska.se to apply for a place today.

Orienteering Success for IES Student

Orienteering Success for IES Student

(image courtesy of Roger Glännefors)

A 31 minute run in Dalecarlia saw an IES student take first prize at the Swedish School Championships in Orienteering.

Fredrik Glännefors, from class 8E at Internationella Engelska Skolan Enskede, was one of around 20 students who took part in the competition, near Vansbro, in western Dalecarlia.

He recorded a time of 31 minutes and six seconds over a course of 4.7km in the H14 Skol-SM.

He said: “It was a good race. It was pretty hard orienteering, but I completed the course with no mistakes. It was tough terrain to run and there was a lot of hill climbing.

"I had no clue how well I would do, but it felt good when I was running. When I came in at the finish I had some thought of winning."

Fredrik was one of the first to run the course and then needed to wait to see how the other competitors managed.  In the end he shared the first prize as another young man, from nearby Borlänge, came in with the exact same time - 31:06.

Fredrik said: “It’s a waiting game, I was with my friends, they ran in another class so I could talk to them too.

"I heard that there is a control in the forest where you can hear what time the other runners have, and I heard that it was very close. I thought I had beaten the other person by one second but when the result was announced we had the same time. I was happy for him that he had done so well too."

Fredrik has enjoyed the sport since he was five-years-old and feels like the mental and physical aspects of the sport are equally important.

He said: "It’s a balance, if you run too fast then you make mistakes, but you also have to have a good pace. You can lose a minute with a mistake, and five minutes with a big mistake.

“I have always loved orienteering. I have some high goals for myself in the future, I want to be the best and run in the world championships.”

Mr Robert Clark, Principal of Internationella Engelska Skolan congratulated the year eight student on his success.  He said: "I am of course very proud of Fredrik`s achievement and am a firm believer in the importance of physical activity as one prerequisite of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle."

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