Countries have introduced educational reforms that have swung open the doors for school choice, competition, innovation and the renewal of primary and secondary education. As a result, Kunskapsskolan was founded in Sweden in 1999 and opened its first schools in 2000. The idea was to collect the very best practices from pedagogy, technology, school design and process management and integrate them together into a coherent model of personalized
education for the new century.
Bits and pieces of this had been done before. But it was done by teachers trying to personalize within their isolated classrooms and by schools struggling within one-size-fits-all education. Never before had anyone had the long-term perspective and ambition to invest in a coherent development where pedagogy, accountability, IT technology, administration, teachers´ resources and school design are all designed with one common purpose: to create a school centered on the recognition of each unique individual.
Kunskapsskolan opened one of its first schools in Tyresö, south of Stockholm, Sweden, in year 2000. Commentators described it as “the first school for the new century”
Today, after more than 10 years of continuous development and more than 30 schools, the result is the internationally-acclaimed KED program.
KED attracts attention both for its consistent and coherent approach and its advanced use of information technology. But most of all, KED is recognized for its academic achievement
and its ability to empower students with the knowledge and the capacity to meet the complex demands of a modern society as responsible individuals and team members.
Kunskapsskolan continues to develop the program. Continuous improvement, based on practical experiences from all schools, is a core element of our philosophy, as seen in our performance management system: all Kunskapsskolan´s schools measure their performance in four dimensions:
- Students´ academic performance
- Student and parental satisfaction
- Teacher quality and satisfaction
- Financial performance
All the data we collect provides the basis for further development of methodology and processes.
As a result of the large interest in Kunskapsskolan´s achievements and methodology from United Kingdom authorities and professionals, Kunskapsskolan decided to establish a UK operation and adapt its concept to the UK language and curriculum in 2007. Shortly after, Kunskapsskolan was chosen as a partner and sponsor in the Academies program. Through the Learning Schools Trust, UK Academies will be run according to Kunskapsskolan´s KED program, but within the UK curriculum, regulations and educational environment. This adaptation and development is being carried out in co-operation with local teachers and Kunskapsskolan´s pedagogical and organizational experts.
Kunskapsskolan USA provides the KED program and educational management services to public, private and charter schools in the US. KED Inspired USA: The Great Oaks Foundation (GO) and Kunskapsskolan Education (KED) have established a partnership to provide the Swedish company’s innovative methodology, including its online curriculum, to the students who will be attending the Great Oaks Charter School in New York City.
Kunskapsskolan Eduventures opened its first KED school in Gurgaon in 2013. The school currently operates all grades from per-primary level up to grade 9. Built to full capacity, the school will extend operations all the way through upper secondary school. KED’s presence in India is expanding rapidly. There are currently two KED schools in Gurgaon, one in Lucknow and one in Abohar.
With its strong track record and world-acclaimed approach, Kunskapsskolan´s ambition is to continue to open new schools and provide its expertise, services and solutions for high performing education to existing schools around the world. It is also our conviction that sharing experiences across languages and borders and linking educators and students together in a global network will provide better education while it promotes global understanding and insights.
Birgitta Ericsson and her team were all experienced teachers who had been working with methods for personalizing education within the framework of the conventional school when Kunskapsskolan offered them an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and long term program for a modern school. Today, Birgitta heads Kunskapsskolans pedagogical
development team that involves all our teachers’ contributions and experiences. Continuous, evidence-based improvements is still the philosophy.