Investors in People
1st Assessment Report
Swedish School in London
The Assessor spent two days at the school and in addition was closely involved in the production and implementation of the Headway questionnaire, the results of which closely matched the findings of the on-site conversations.
The assessment proved to be a most interesting one where the Assessor was able to draw comparisons with the English system of education with which he is familiar. The school is clearly different from mainstream English schools; not only is it a private school but it also draws its students from a mostly middle class background and those who have come to the UK to study and are thus highly motivated learners. This was a very pleasant experience and the Assessor would like to thank all those who participated and for the school’s hospitality.
The school meets the requirements of the Core Standard of Investors in People and has a significant potential to meet it at advanced levels. The assessor was able to observe closely the interaction between staff and students and it seems like a community quite unlike that experienced in English state schools.
Areas of exceptionally good practice
The school has exceptional teamwork without which the school would find it hard to survive because it is such a small community. It is proven by some work completed by Harvard University that high levels of staff engagement result in high pupil attainment.
What is particularly strong is the strong sense of leadership and direction brought to the school by the current head teacher.
There is a strong sense of autonomy and staff are not micro managed and there is a strong sense of continuous improvement and self-review.
Having carried out the assessment process in accordance with the guidelines provided for Assessors by Investors in People – United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills, the Assessor is pleased to confirm that Swedish School in London meets the requirements of the Investors in People National Standard at Core level.
19th October 2012
On behalf of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd.