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A school with "tough love"


Henrik Jordahl in the speaker chair. At the table Barbara Bergström, founder of the International English School (IES) and Hans Bergström, PJ Anders Linder, Axess, and Torkel Klingberg, Karolinska Institutet.

The International English School was founded by Barbara Bergström 25 years ago. On Tuesday, this was celebrated with the release of the book Tough Love. International English School - the first 25 years by Hans and Barbara Bergström. The book tells the story of how IES has grown into a company with 36 schools, 26,000 students and a turnover of 2.5 billion. The book was commented by Henrik Jordahl, IFN, Pontus Brauner Hjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH, as well as Torkel Klingberg, Karolinska Institutet. The moderator was PJ Anders Linder, Axess Magasin.

Henrik Jordahl presented his research on governance and management in schools. "Friskolor stands out," he said, explaining that these have better governance and leadership compared to public schools. Research shows that better governance and management are more closely linked to better student performance than teacher quality, school resources, and class size.

 Henrik Jordahl's presentation

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