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From the Principal

End of the School Year

The year school year has now come to an end and our students are enjoying the first days of summer. The school building is empty and we are preparing it for the fall term. We are already looking forward to the students coming back to fill the corridors with smiles and talk about their summer adventures.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • First Day of School:   August 22, 2018
  • Study Day:   September 28, 2018
  • Host Lov/Fall Break:   Week 44
  • Study Day:   November 22, 2018
  • End of Fall Term:   December 21, 2018
  • Beginning of Spring Term 2019:   January 7, 2019

Happy summer!

From the Principal

Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen i svensk skola

Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen i svensk skola
Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, är den största fristående grundskoleaktören i
Sverige, med 24 000 elever och över 170 000 ansökningar. Våra elever uppnår
resultat på Skolverkets nationella prov som ligger högt över övriga skolor och de
ökar sin kunskap betydligt under tiden hos IES. Detta gäller oavsett social eller
akademisk bakgrund. 38 procent av våra elever har utländsk bakgrund jämfört med
24 procent i kommunala skolor. Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen på de
utmaningar det svenska skolsystemet står inför. Vi, liksom många andra, ser
samtidigt utmaningar i dagens skola.
Skolverkets statistik visar att kommunala skolor är mer generösa i betygsättningen
än IES och andra friskolor i ämnet svenska och matematik. Även 2017-års
Stockholmsprov i matematik visar att våra skolor lutar mer åt en restriktiv
betygsättning. Vi tar Skolverkets beräkningar på största allvar eftersom det är
Riksdagens myndighet som tillsammans med Skolinspektionen säkerställer kvalitet
och en rättvis bedömning av Sveriges elever.
Under den senaste veckan har en politisk kampanj bedrivits baserat på alternativa
metoder och resultat som går stick i stäv med Skolverket modell och slutsatser. En
rapport med titeln ”Trust-Based Evaluation in a Market-Oriented School System”
hävdar att betygsinflation inom IES och andra friskolor är högre än i kommunala
skolor. Rapporten utgår från en alternativ beräkningsmodell som gör att skolor med
stor andel underkända elever, med betyget F, får ett avsevärt lägre snittbetyg. F ges
i denna modell 0 poäng, E 10 poäng och övriga betyg 2,5 poäng. Det innebär att
man tack vare rapportens modell kan upplevas få mindre betygsinflation om man har
en stor andel elever som får F och därmed saknar behörighet till gymnasiet.
Skolverket har av förklarliga skäl inte valt denna metod. Om man, som inom IES,
lägger stora resurser på att hjälpa elever som riskerar F att istället nå E får det å
andra sidan med denna beräkningsmodell stort positivt genomslag på snittbetyget
för skolan. 95% av elever med lågutbildade föräldrar som gick ut årskurs 9 från IES
2017 hade behörighet till gymnasiet. I riket som helhet var motsvarande andel 78%.
Därutöver jämför rapporten betyg i nationella prov i matematik med exempelvis
betyg i hemkunskap, vilket vi anser är att gå ett steg för långt. De alternativa
slutsatserna används nu för att argumentera för vinstförbud.
Samtidigt anser vi att nuvarande betygssystem är alltför öppet för tolkningar. Vi
föreslår därför att Skolverket utarbetar mer strukturerade riktlinjer och processer för
att säkerställa att betygssystemet blir mer rättvist. Nationella test utgör en god grund
för bedömningar, men även här är det lärarna som rättar proven. Dessutom görs de
nationella proven endast i årskurs 3, 6 och 9 i kärnämnena svenska, matematik och
engelska och roterande för SO och NO i årskurs 9. Med syfte att säkerställa en mer
trovärdig modell för utvärdering av elevers kunskap borde Skolverket införa
obligatoriska test mer regelbundet och i fler ämnen. Testen bör därutöver rättas
centralt av Skolverket.
Vi hoppas, och tror, att en seriös och saklig diskussion ska ta Sverige tillbaka till en
topposition inom utbildning. Vi kan – och vill – vara en del av lösningen på de
utmaningar det svenska skolsystemet står inför. Vi gör det genom att delta i
diskussioner kring gemensamma lösningar, utveckla duktiga skolledare och lärare

och, i samarbete med Sveriges kommuner, öppna fler skolor för att bereda elever i
vår kö en plats.
Bland annat behöver vi tillsammans lösa lärarbristen. Sverige kommer sakna 80 000
lärare 2030 om vi inte agerar nu. IES, och numera exempelvis Skellefteå kommun,
tillför Sverige lärarkompetens genom internationell rekrytering, men mer måste
göras. Lösningen ligger i att öka attraktiviteten för läraryrket på en mängd olika sätt.
Här är vi gärna delaktiga i en mer djupgående diskussion.
Låt oss tillsammans bidra till våra barns framtid och ta tillvara den positiva kraft
kommunala och privata skolor står för och skapa bättre förutsättningar för våra barn
att få bra utbildning. Och låt oss grunda diskussionen på saklighet och med
utgångspunkt i Riksdagens och Skolverkets beslut och riktlinjer.

We can — and want to — be a part of the solution for Sweden’s schooling
system
Internationella Engelska Skolan, IES, is the largest free school organization in
Sweden, with 24,000 students and over 170,000 registrations in our queue. Our
students receive above national average results in the national tests as well as make
academic progress with us over time. This is regardless of social or academic
background. 38% of our students have a foreign background compared with 24% in
municipal schools. In the face of Sweden’s educational challenges, we can, and
want to, be a part of the solution.
The latest Skolverket statistics show that municipal schools are more generous in
grade setting than IES and other free schools in the subjects of Swedish and
Mathematics. Even Stockholm City’s 2017 diagnostic test in Mathematics showed
that our schools are more restrictive in grade setting. We take Skolverket’s statistics
very seriously because they are the country’s responsible administration, and
together with Skolinspektionen, secure quality and correct grade setting for
Sweden’s students.
In a recent report titled, “Trust-Based Evaluation in a Market Orientated School
System” it was claimed that IES and other free schools have higher grade inflation
than municipal schools. The report is based on an alternative view of the facts and
instead of looking at the % of students gaining a higher final grade when compared
to national test result, focuses on grade points instead. A student achieving a C at
national test and subsequently B at final grade level will have increased by 2.5 grade
points. However, a student achieving an F in the national test and subsequently an E
at final grade will have increased by 10 grade points. Many of our students at the
time of the national tests will be on F-E borderline and some may fail. Our teachers
work hard with these students up until the point of grading so many will eventually
pass. In 2017, 95% of our students with lower educated parents were eligible for
further studies, compared with just 78% at national level. The report also compares
national tests in Mathematics with performance in other subjects such as Home
Economics. These alternative conclusions are being used as an argument to ban for
profit education providers.

We also perceive the current grading guidelines as being too open to interpretation.
We therefore suggest that Skolverket create more structured guidelines and
processes to secure a more correct and equitable grading system. The national tests
provide solid grounds for the assessment of student knowledge. We would like to
see tests in more subjects and held more regularly. We also believe that such tests
should be corrected centrally.
We hope, and believe, that a serious and honest dialogue will take Sweden back to a
top position within education. We can, and want to, be a part of the solution for the
challenges the Swedish education system faces. We can achieve this by taking part
in dialogue to generate common solutions, develop competent school leaders, open
further schools and enable more children to attend our schools.
Together, we need to solve the shortage of teachers. Sweden will lack 80,000
teachers by 2030, if we don’t react now. IES, and for example, Skellefteå
municipality, will strengthen their teaching body by recruiting qualified international
teachers, but more must be done. The greater solution lies in making the profession
more attractive. Here we would welcome taking part in a deeper discussion.
Let us together, contribute to our children’s future and combine the positive forces
the municipal and free schools stand for, so that our children will receive a better
education. Let us ground our discussions in honesty, and with a starting point in
Parliament’s and Skolverket’s decisions and guidelines.

From the Principal

Vacation School (lovskola)

All schools are now required to offer vacation school (lovskola) to students that are in grade 8 or 9 who are at risk of failing one or more subjects and are not meeting the requirements to get into a high school program. The requirements for a high school program are: passing English, Math, Swedish/SVA plus 5 other classes (not specified).

Students with E grades in English, Math and Swedish/SVA plus E in 5 other classes are NOT entitled to vacation school.

Vacation school must be offered at a minimum of 50 hours and can take place during the fall break, the sport break, Easter break and summer vacation. Vacation school is not mandatory but if a student accepts a spot, attendance will be mandatory, and absences will be reported.

I highly recommend parents to encourage students to work hard and attend study center for extra help during the school year. Vacation is a time to gather up new energy and focus on individual interests. Vacation school, however, will be offered to 8th and 9th grade students that need the extra support to meet the requirements for high school.

Elever med lägsta betyget E i engelska, matematik och svenska/SVA plus 5 andra ämnen är inte berättigade lovskola.

Det är nu obligatoriskt för alla skolor att erbjuda lovskola till alla elever i åk 8 eller 9 som riskerar att inte bli godkända i ett eller flera ämnen och för de som inte är behöriga för att komma in på gymnasiet. Kraven för att komma in på gymnasiet är: godkänt betyg i engelska, matematik, svenska/SVA plus 5 andra ämnen (inte specificerade).

Lovskola måste erbjudas minst 50 timmar och kan erbjudas under höstlovet, sportlovet, påsklovet och sommarlovet. Lovskola är inte obligatoriskt men om en elev tackar ja till erbjudandet om lovskola kommer närvaron att vara obligatorisk och frånvaro kommer att rapporteras.

Jag rekommenderar starkt vårdnadshavare att uppmuntra sitt/sina barn att arbeta hårt under terminen och att vara närvarande på skolans study center för extra hjälp. Lov är till för att samla ny energi och fokusera på individuella intressen. Lovskola kommer dock att erbjudas till alla elever i åk 8 och 9 som behöver extra stöd för att nå de nödvändiga målen för gymnasiet.

Warm Regards,

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

Spring has arrived!

This spring term has been filled with academic challenging projects for students as well as fun filled activities. Teachers continue to assign homework to keep up the high academic expectations while finding a balance with student activities. IES Borås has also had a focus on cross curricular assignments this year and this has been received positively by both students and staff.

Activities

In the recent past weeks students have been involved in the following activities:

  • Karoli Kyrka – Junior School students visited this church and had a presentation related to the culture around Easter (religion)
  • Pink Day – A student-initiated movement to speak up against bullying, staff and students wore pink shirts (student influence/Plan Against Abusive Treatment)
  • Spirit Day - Dress up as a book character. Ms Ryan and Ms Grant went all out and had the most colorful and eye-catching outfits! (student influence)
  • Theatre Company – theme focused on teaching students how to speak up against people putting you down (Plan Against Abusive Treatment)
  • Håll Sverige Rent- This activity will take place in the fall, students will pick up trash and learn about the benefits of having a clean environment. Students involved will have a trip to the zoo (Samhällsvetenskap)
  • Leadership Elective -Students in this class organized activities such as a football tournament and presentations bringing awareness to the impact of bullying (student influence/Plan Against Abusive Treatment)

Survey Results

Overall, the school survey results were positive. It is important to point out that in general, students perceive they are offered challenging work and that there is peaceful and quiet environment to work in.

We are finally done with all the National Tests and look forward to the upcoming planned lessons and end year events!


Terminen har varit fylld med många utmanande akademiska projekt likaväl som med en hel rad roliga aktiviteter. Våra lärare fortsätter att hålla våra höga akademiska förväntningar samtidigt som detta balanseras med elevaktiviteter. IES Borås har också fokuserat på ämnesöverskridande aktiviteter det här året och detta har mottagits väl från både elever och personal.

Aktiviteter

De senaste veckorna har eleverna varit involverade i följande:

  • Karoli kyrka – Junior-eleverna besökte den här kyrkan och fick en presentation om påskens kultur. (religion)
  • Pink Day – detta var en aktivitet som eleverna initierade så att alla står upp tillsammans mot mobbing. Personal och elever hade på sig rosa. (elevinflytande/ kränkande behandlingsplan)
  • Spirit Day – alla kunde klä ut sig till en karaktär från en bok  Ms Ryan och Ms Grant hade fantastiska kläder och var väldigt fina! (elevinflytande)
  • Teatergrupp – detta var ett tema där man fokuserade på att lära elever hur man kan stå emot att andra försöker att trycka ner dig. (kränkande behandlingsplan)
  • Håll Sverige rent – den här aktiviteten kommer att hållas till hösten och elever kommer att hjälpa till att plocka upp skräp och lära sig om fördelarna med att hålla miljön ren. De elever som deltar kommer att besöka djurparken. (Samhällskunskap)
  • Elevens val – Ledarskap -  elever på den här elevens val organiserade aktiviteter såsom fotbollsturnering  och presentationer där man fokuserade på vilken inverkan mobbing kan ha. (elevinflytande/kränkande behandlingsplan)

Enkätsvar

Överlag så var skolans enkätsvar positiva. På det stora hela så anser eleverna att de får utmanande arbete och att det är ordning och reda i vår skola.

Eleverna är äntligen färdiga med sina nationella prov och ser fram emot de resterande lektionerna och de aktiviteter som är planerade inför terminen slut.

Önskar er alla en underbar vår!

Happy Spring!

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

A message from our new Principal

Thank you, staff and students, for the warm welcome back to IES. From just one year ago, I have noticed a significant improvement in the English proficiency of the Junior School students. This improvement is directly related to the reading, writing, listening and speaking activities at IES. In addition, staff members use English in the corridors to support the command of the English language outside the classroom.

The Student Council is also engaged in promoting activities that support reading. Last week, the Student Council kicked off a bookmark design competition. The winner’s bookmark will be printed and available in the library.

It is great to be back and see IES values in action.

Best Regards,

Maritza Molin

Principal

From the Principal

The making of great students

Our 8th and 9th graders have started their Study Skills course this term, and one of the first tasks was to brainstorm for the characteristics of successful students. Most students tend to focus on academic behaviors such as taking detailed notes, being organized, participating during lessons and studying a little all the time. However, the personality traits of successful students are just as important. Our students need to be happy, confident, responsible, and energetic during their lessons. Moreover, a successful student needs to be healthy, and this starts at home – our parents can help by making sure their children get a good night’s sleep (phones away!) and eat breakfast before coming to school. Learning takes a lot of energy!

From the Principal

Study Skills

2016 is already here and Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås is looking forward to a great spring term! In order to help our students be better prepared for the challenges of lessons and homework, we will be addressing Study Skills during class meetings this term. Our teachers will guide them through topics such as creating a learning space at home, taking notes, reviewing, preparing for tests and test-taking strategies. We realize that taking national tests in many subjects can be stressful for our students, and we hope to help them manage their time well and to handle anxiety so that they can perform to the best of their abilities. 

From the Principal

Open house 2015

Last week, Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås had its first Open House for students wishing to start autumn term 2016. It was a great turnout and we enjoyed meeting our prospective students and parents.

We do plan on having additional Open Houses in the spring of 2016 which will also be directed towards our older students in the queue line for years 7-9.

Even though we are on our sixth year here in Borås, we always are excited by the enthusiasm of our future students and will continue doing our best to create a great school!

 

 

From the Principal

A new year,

On Tuesday, August 18 we welcome over 500 new and returning students in grades 4-9 to Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås. We start the day by greeting all students outside where they are met by their respective mentors before going to their new classrooms together.

Once again, we have a dynamic mix of international and Swedish teachers who have already been hard at work preparing for a challenging and interesting year with our students. This year we welcome new teachers from Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Sweden. Some of our new teachers have been teaching in international schools as far away as China and United Arab Emirates and we look forward to being inspired by their experiences from other schools and cultures.

As principal, I am so excited to start the 2015-2016 school year and to have the opportunity to work closely with our Student Council which will be elected soon and, of course, our Parent-Teacher Association.

Welcome to Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås!

 

From the Principal

Starting our 5th year in Borås!

Internationella Engelska Skolan Borås is starting its fifth year in Borås, and we welcomed 3 new fourth grades classes to join our school last week. This is the first time we have 3 year four classes and it is exciting to see our younger students becoming IES students.

We believe an IES student is interested in the global community, has a desire to be better in English, and wants to excel to the best of his/her abilities in all subjects. Our school motto is "Do Well What You Do" and this idea impacts all areas of our school, such as how we learn and also how we treat each other. 

This year we welcome new teachers from Canada, Kenya, United States and Sweden. Mr Robert Rousseau has also joined our school as an Apprentice School Leader and will be shadowing me throughout the year learning how to become an IES school leader.

Despite the heavy rainy season this year, our international teachers have a great attitude to living and working in Borås, and our entire staff is looking forward to an outstanding year with our students and parents.

 

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