The first foreign company to run one of Britain's free schools has spoken about its plans to "teach to the highest standards and help students to become holistic, well managed, young individuals".This’ll be good!
Internationella Engelska Skolen (IES) will manage the new Breckland free school in Brandon, Suffolk, from September.
The company, which was founded twenty years ago, runs 17 free schools in Sweden and teaches more than 11,000 students. A further 62,000 are on the waiting list to join.Ah, discipline! And yet anyone’d have you believe that the free-and-easy Scandinavians don’t go in for all that. Well, anyone at CiF, anyway…
IES says parents are attracted by its results and its emphasis on discipline combined with pastoral care.
"We are passionate about education" said IES's chief executive Peter John Fyles.Oh, it gets better and better!
"Our ethos is about working with young people and developing them to the best of their individual ability."
"All parents and students when they join must sign a social contract," said Mr Fyles.
"It tells them the rules and they sign off on them so if someone comes to school with a mobile phone, which we don't allow, we instantly call the parents and say: 'Why have you broken the contract you made?'
"We also teach good manners. All our students will say 'good morning sir' or 'madam', they will say 'thank you' if they receive something and they will clear their tables after lunch."
The company's founder, Barbara Bergström, said she and board members have recently been watching episodes of the documentary "Educating Essex" and were horrified at some of the behaviour which they saw.A question everyone asked, Barbara.
She said: "How could parents ever allow their children to behave like that?"
Mr Fyles said: … "Our results and the sheer number of people who want to be with us shows we must be doing something right."Indeed it does…
H/T: CJ Nerd via email