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Mia Göransdotter Hammar is elected the new chairperson for the Swedish Association of School Nurses

Mia Göransdotter Hammar is elected the new chairperson for the Swedish Association of School Nurses

Congratulations to Mia Göransdotter Hammar, school nurse at IES Östersund and nurse coordinator at IES, who has been elected the new chairperson for the Swedish Association of School Nurses! The purpose of the association is to contribute to the development of student health, promote research, clarify current regulations and to promote collaboration with associations and networks.

– I think school nurses are more important than ever, not the least because we see more students in all year groups struggle today than they did 5-10 years ago, Mia explains. The association becomes important in this by highlighting the school nurses’ profession and school nurses' competence in helping all students to reach the goals of the education, which according to the School Law is also part of the school nurses’ tasks. I feel that this is my main task as the new chairman.

Mia has been a board member for 4 years and has a diploma in Primary Health care Specialist Nursing. She has been working as a school nurse for 16 years and started at IES Östersund 1.5 years ago.

–­ I am proud to be a part of a school organization that puts a lot of effort into pastoral and student care. Having a Central Student Health is also a really good thing about IES as it ensures continuous development of student health. I think that being a school nurse is the best job you can ever have!

IES welcomes a serious discussion about grading and the implementation of a system for central correction

IES welcomes a serious discussion about grading and the implementation of a system for central correction

Regarding Vetenskapens värld: Det svenska skolexperimentet 3. Friskolorna och glädjebetygen, Swedish Television on May 23, 2022.

At Internationella Engelska Skolan, teachers, academic managers and principals work hard every day to ensure grading is as correct and fair as possible. It is a constant and ongoing process, which can of course be improved and honed.

Correct and fair grading is crucial so students know where they stand in relation to the knowledge targets and for admission to higher studies. Incorrectly set grades are, in the cases where they occur, a problem that must be taken very seriously. IES has taken several measures to prevent grade inflation, a process that will continue year on year, in every grade and at every school, as part of our systematic quality work.

Grade integrity is the priority of our systematic quality work. In 2021, we introduced a new form of statistics database that both the individual schools, and IES centrally, use to evaluate, compare and analyze grading. Any indication of deviation is taken very seriously.

Subject teachers at IES schools also follow a process for joint assessment to ensure that grading is correct and fair. IES has also, in several parts of the country, initiated collaborations with municipal schools to compare grading and learn from each other. The results of national tests are also indicative of grading and are taken into account, especially when teachers set grades.

The latest statistics from the Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket, 2018/2019) show that any discrepancy between the results of national tests and final grades is generally smaller for IES than for the country as a whole in terms of the core subjects English and mathematics. In the subject Swedish, a deviation was noted downwards, meaning that IES gave lower grades than the results of the national test.

In the reassessment of the national tests that the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) conducted in 2018, the image was strengthened that IES's work with grading functions well, as in most cases audited IES schools had a higher proportion of grades which matched those the authority awarded, when compared with the national average.

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate, which recently examined how 30 school operators work with grading, also confirms that IES works well in this area. The report School Operators Work to Promote Fair and Equivalent Grades in Primary School was released last week. IES was one of the school operators examined and received the Swedish Schools Inspectorate's individual decision in December. The Swedish Schools Inspectorate's investigators state in their decision that IES "implements measures with high quality to create conditions for a fair and equal grading".

It is therefore unfortunate that IES was highlighted by SVT's science editorial staff as one of the actors in Sweden alleged to be driving a trend of setting grades which are too high, a statement that was also repeated in SVT's news broadcasts. The research on which SVT's reporter based his claims is not clear from the program. IES has contacted the science editorial office to find out. The fact that the quoted economist, Jonas Vlachos, may represent all research in the field, alone and unchallenged, makes the scientific basis of the program weak.

IES welcomes a serious discussion about grading and about what all players in the school sector can do to develop education in Sweden and address the challenges that exist. We would like to see more collaboration with other schools, independent and municipal, to ensure that grades are set fairly and correctly. We would also like to see a system with central correction of the national tests, in order to further increase the objectivity of assessments.

This is every student’s right.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg
CEO, Internationella Engelska Skolan

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Skolinspektionen confirms that IES' work for fair grading is of high quality

Skolinspektionen confirms that IES' work for fair grading is of high quality

Skolinspektionen assesses that Internationella Engelska Skolan is implementing high quality measures to create conditions for fair and equivalent grading.

Skolinspektionen has examined how 30 heads of school work to create conditions for a fair and equal grading. The report Huvudmäns arbete för att främja rättvisande och likvärdiga betyg i grundskolan is released today.  IES was one of the heads of school examined, and received the Swedish Schools Inspectorate's individual decision in December.

- Fair and correct grading has the highest priority within IES and is a constant part of our systematic quality work. Students, parents and upper secondary schools must be able to trust that the grades are set correctly, says Annakarin Johansson Sandman, Head of Academics at IES.

Skolinspektionen state in their decision that IES "implements measures with high quality to create conditions for a fair and equal grading".

 

IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education

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Internationella Engelska Skolan are part of a global community of schools working to equip students for success in our ever changing world. 

Since 2009, Internationella Engelska Skolan has been in partnership with the University of Cambridge International Examinations. IES students can choose to take extra examinations, IGCSEs (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) from Cambridge Assessment International Education.

IES Cambridge students

The qualifications are prestigious and recognised by employers and universities worldwide. Cambridge programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research.

As well as English, Math and Science, other IGCSE exams offered to students at Internationella Engelska Skolan schools included Chemistry, Art, English Literature, Spanish and French. These exams are valued throughout the world and based on learning materi­als from Cambridge, which provide goals over and above the Swedish system. 

More than 10,000 schools are part of the Cambridge learning community. It operates in over 160 countries across 9 regions: North America, Latin America, UK & Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia. 

Setting high academic expectations for all students is essential at Internationella Engelska Skolan. And all children should be inspired to do their best and be challenged to do even better.

Additional details about the IGCSE exams are available here.

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High Academic Expectations & Aspirations

Be Kind

Setting high academic expectations for all students is essential at Internationella Engelska Skolan - IES. We encourage a constant progress in learning. One of which is studying the arts. Art education helps improve academic performance, not just through creativity, but it improves learning in areas like math and science as well as the literary field.

Art education also fosters collaboration and group learning. Often times, it brings the classroom together, helping students learn from, and aid each other as they persevere towards creating something together.

A prime example is the "Be Kind" project. Internationella Engelska Skolan Västerås Grade 4 students participated in the Art project and we would like to share a few pictures.

Be Kind

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