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Newspaper Article on Results in National Test

Nidaros Newspaper published an article yesterday about Birralee’s results in the Norwegian National Tests. We have translated two small sections here, as well as published a link to the full article.

For the Middle School years, one school clearly stands out. Birralee International School is at the top in Trondheim in reading and numeracy (both in Norwegian) as well as English.

“There are a lot of factors that contribute to these results. We have skilled and dedicated teachers, and parents who are involved and have a strong commitment to their child’s education and wellbeing. We have a positive learning environment in the school and we have high expectations of our students,” says Principal Elin Hitchman.

…. “The Norwegian Directorate of Education and Research has a requirement that the curriculum of an independent school should be equally as good or better than the Norwegian national curriculum. When we compared the learning goals in our Cambridge curriculum to that of the Norwegian curriculum, we noticed that Cambridge puts slightly higher demands on the students. The level is a little higher,” says Principal Elin Hitchman.


Birralee does a full analysis of the results of the Norwegian National Test each year. In addition, we analyse other academic results that our students achieve in international tests and exams.

What is important to us is that our students continually make progress at their individual level. Through our analysis of the results, teachers’ observations, as well as student feedback, we adjust teaching and learning strategies to suit the needs of our students.

Link to article

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