Vast School in a Norwegian Scale
Frederik II is an upper secondary school in Fredrikstad, located in the lovely Østfold region, South-East of Norway. We are one of the largest schools at our level in the province according to numbers of pupils and staff, diversity of programmes in general academic studies, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) i.a., and vocational programs like Athletics and Sales and services.
We have a close relationship with the provincial university college, Høgskolen i Østfold, and are regarded pioneers in the county for our innovative methods using Research and Development (R&D) in our daily enterprise. Researches are constantly investigating and studying our procedures, formal and informal structures, pedagogical behaviour, psychosocial environment, teaching methods etc., and the leadership utilises these results directly into the school management. We call the method “Research Based Education”.
Courage to Care (MOT)
Frederik II is also certificated for being a MOT-school. MOT (courage) builds on the concept of providing pupils with a sufficient basis for being able to take control over their own lives. The objective of this concept is to make individuals stand up for what they believe is right, both for themselves and for others, hence prevent social exclusion.
22 July 2011 Norway was a victim of a terrible massacre as a result of exclusion and radicalisation. Frederik II, as many other schools, experienced great losses in this regard.
In our school district you can also find the street “Lislebygata” which is world known for being the origin and home address for at least eight IS-warriors who went to Syria. The New York Times defined it as “the Terror Street” which can be regarded a paradox, taking the peaceful and quiet area of its location into consideration. However, there are obviously some crucial challenges in our district considering social inclusion. Thus, this will be the core issue for our project in which we will emphasise throughout the application and final objective.
The coordinators of the project will be John-Inge Skaardal, head of general academic department and Jorun Héron-Kummen, head of language department. Skaardal is a dedicated International Coordinator who has experience from many activities, including being the Coordinator of Aid and Democracy Projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jorun Héron-Kummen has earlier worked as a consultant elaborating applications to the EU and published a book of guidelines in 2010 of how to write applications to the 7th Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development which later was replaced by Horizon 2020.