IES offered the chance to buy the home of its first school, IES Enskede

IES offered the chance to buy the home of its first school, IES Enskede

A deal between SISAB and Internationella Engelska Skolan would see the organisation own a historic school building.

Internationella Engelska Skolan has been asked if it would like to buy Borrsvängen 13. The building is today home to IES Enskede, the first IES school. The building is being sold by The Stockholm School Properties Company (SISAB). IES Enskede has rented the building, at Lingvägen 123, Gubbängen, southern Stockholm, since 1998.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said "We are pleased that as long-standing tenants we have now been offered the opportunity to take responsibility for the building which has been home to IES Enskede for more than twenty years. This sale will secure the school's future in the same building for many decades to come."

Following the purchase IES plans to renovate the building. The organisation's vice CEO, Jörgen Stenquist, said: "We are a school that has a very long-term perspective. Owning the building would mean that we could plan a renovation to suit the school. This is a priority for us.”

The building, Borrsvängen 13, was built in the mid-1950s under the auspices of Stockholm's department of schooling (folkskoledirektion). The property has been home to IES Enskede, since 1998. The rental contract was renewed as recently as 2014 and runs until 2029. To be finalised the purchase must be approved by Stockholms Stadshus AB's board and then the City of Stockholm's municipal board. Should the sale go through IES will become the building's owner during the first half of 2022.

International Baccalaureate Success Opens Doors For Gymnasiet Students

International Baccalaureate Success Opens Doors For Gymnasiet Students

Egor Hagberg could choose where to study thanks to his grades. Year on year more Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Students achieve top grades in both the IB and national programmes
When Egor Hagberg ran out of his gymnasiet with his classmates, all celebrating the end of their studies, he didn’t yet know that the grades he had achieved were good enough to open the doors of any university.
Egor had studied the International Baccalaureate, a programme which has been offered at Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm (IEGS) for eight years. The International Baccalaureate is an internationally-recognised programme, respected by leading universities, designed to help students develop excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
Egor said: “On the day of ‘studenten’, I was very happy.  I wasn't really too worried because there was nothing to worry about, I felt good after the exams.”
It was about another month before he received his results and discovered that he had received 43 out of 45 points, which put him in the top 6.7 per cent of IB students around the world. This year a score above 40 this year was only achieved by 18 per cent of students globally, compared to 21 per cent of IB students at IEGS.
Year after year students at IEGS manage to achieve above average results in both the national programmes, and the IB, meaning they are in a strong position when it comes to choosing a university programme.
Egor said:  “The possibility was there for me to apply for Ivy league universities and get accepted, or to top universities in the UK. The grades were good enough to get into very good universities, and it guaranteed entrance to Handelshögskolan.  For me though, it is less about the grades and more about what I managed to learn.  I feel I have already covered a lot of the material we are covering at university, while some other students struggle.” 
Joseph Hemingway, academic manager at IEGS said: “The IB is a serious and academically demanding programme. I think the students that choose the IB do so because they want to be challenged.  When students choose the IB they can also specialise more early on. They choose six subjects as opposed to more than 20 courses that they would take on in the national programmes.
“For the 10 IEGS students achieving 40 plus points, it opens up incredible opportunities for them. These impressive results will give them access to the top universities around the world. They've worked hard for the grades, and they can be secure in the knowledge that their grade is worth the same as any other student from previous years.”
Egor would definitely recommend the International Baccalaureate at IEGS to anyone who is willing to work hard.  He said: “You have to be ready to study, it is not simple by any means.  You have to understand that you will get something out of it.  If you want to apply internationally it is quite a bit better, it is also quite convertible to UK and US.”
IEGS will soon hold digital open evenings, take part to learn about studying at IEGS on either the IB or national programmes:

  • November 29th - International Baccalaureate 
  • December 1st - Natural Science & Aesthetics 
  • December 2nd - Social Science & Economy-Law

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Physical open houses are being planned for late January if the public health situation allows.

"Not asking for it" – Students campaign against sexism

"Not asking for it" – Students campaign against sexism

An anti-sexism initiative started by two students in grade nine at IES Linköping has grown into a movement attracting national interest.

For the past year grade nine students Rita Grainca (left) and Malia El-Solh (right) have worked to draw attention to sexism among students and in society at large.

Malia said: “We started by giving a presentation for our own class and when we got a good response, we continued with other classes.”

On one occasion, they heard that girls "ask" to be harassed or exposed with the way they dress. Rita and Malia strongly oppose this argument, and after a discussion, the idea was born.

“That was when we came up with ‘Not asking for it’ and that we would tape these words on shirts, as a kind of protest.” Malia continued.

Sexism is a part of everyday life

Rita and Malia explain that girls and women experience sexism every day, both at school and in the rest of society, but that it is sometimes unconscious.

“You hear things from other students. Often they do not notice themselves when they say something sexist. They only repeat things that others have said. The best thing you can do then is to speak up and tell them that what they said is actually sexist.” Rita said.

Positive reactions from both students and teachers

Several teachers have said that it is easier for them to talk about sexism in the classroom after Rita and Malia's initiative. The principal of the school has also helped to print stickers with the message on them, which are used by both students and teachers.

Mala said “In our class, I have noticed that people who might previously say sexist things catch themselves and stop, or tell others if they hear them say something sexist.”

Rita added: “It is easier to say no when you know what is wrong.”

The initiative has also received media attention. Including in Aftonbladet, where Rita and Malia have been interviewed.

Hope the movement continues

At the end of the school year, Rita and Malia will leave Internationella Engelska Skolan to move on to upper secondary school with the hope that they have inspired others.

Rita said: “There is a great deal of interest among teachers. The principal has also been positive. This is an issue that not only needs to be addressed among young people but also in the rest of society. So hopefully the message will be spread further.”

More IES students continue to qualify for further study

More IES students continue to qualify for further study

The proportion of students from Internationella Engelska Skolan who qualify for upper secondary school remains well above average, according to statistics from the National Agency for Education (Skolverket). Among IES students who graduated this spring, 96.6 per cent were eligible to study a vocational programme, and 93.6 per cent were eligible to apply for a theoretical programme.

Annakarin Johansson Sandman, head of academics at IES, said: “It is important that our students have the opportunity to study further, that is the goal that we have, high academic expectations of our students.

“This is a result of everything we do at IES; peace and quiet in lessons, high expectations for students and measures put in place for students who struggle to reach their goals.”

Across Sweden on average 86.2 per cent of students leave compulsory education with the qualifications required to attend a vocational course or higher at upper secondary school. This means an extra ten IES students in every hundred can continue their education, when compared to the national average.

When it comes to students who were born outside Sweden to non-Swedish parents, the positive effect of IES schools is even clearer, 91.8 per cent of those graduating from IES schools are able to continue to a vocational course or higher, against a national average of 65.8 per cent of students.

Compulsory school is the basis for further study and so it is important that students acquire the knowledge and understanding to be able to cope with upper secondary school.

“The important thing is that the students' knowledge matches their grades, and that the schools set correct grades.” Ms Johansson Sandman explained. “The last time we had national tests in Sweden, in 2019, we could see that the grades of IES students were closer to the results in the national tests in most subjects than the national average.

“We introduce grade-like assessments as early as possible so that students can follow their development in a clearer way. This means that our students know what is required and can take responsibility. In this way, we can also see early on where we need to increase support, or if we need to challenge them in their learning.”

During the past two years, when no national exams have been held, IES has instead worked with internal moderation, subject conferences and workshops on grading for IES principals, deputy principals and academic managers. These school managers are responsible for ensuring and developing the school's teaching according to the curriculum.

“We talk about correct grading all the time when we are out visiting the schools.” said Ms Johansson Sandman.

She finds it positive that the proportion of IES students eligible for upper secondary school has actually increased in the last two years, despite corona. She said: “We have really talked about how we work digitally, and about the importance of students in grade nine receiving instruction on site at school as much as possible during the pandemic.”

IES has produced its own material for moderation discussions that the schools worked with, instead of the missed national tests.

“For us, it is important that our students come out with the right knowledge, and that their knowledge and grades match each other so that students have the right conditions when they go on to high school, and so that their teachers in high school understand what they need.” Ms Johansson Sandman said.

In her view it is important not to forget the students who are high achievers, while at the same time supporting students who need it.

She said: “How to challenge everyone at every level is something we have always focussed on. That is, how do we stimulate students who want more challenges, so that they do not lose interest? All of our 43 schools have their own methods, for example, by giving students in-depth assignments, and through using the curriculum for IGCSE that many of our schools offer.”

Barbara Bergström honoured with medal

Barbara Bergström honoured with medal

Pictured: The founder of Internationella Engelska Skolan, Barbara Bergström, received the Royal Patriotic Society's medal and diploma for "Education and Formation", at a solemn gathering in Stockholm on 16 September. The award was presented by the society's chairman Erik Norberg, pictured here with Barbara Bergström.

Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet recognised the contribution that Barbara Bergström has made to Swedish education during a ceremony in Stockholm

During a ceremony on 16 September Barbara Bergström, founder of IES, was presented with the Fostrargärningsmedalj from Kungliga Patriotiska Sällskapet (Swedish Royal Patriotic Society Medal for Education and Formation). This was announced in June.

During the ceremony Mrs Bergström gave a speech in Swedish about what “Fostran” means, which you can read here: