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Annual Report 2016-2017


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History

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“My parents and I believe it is important to take Dutch lessons, so when I return to Belgium to study I speak Dutch at a good level.”

Message from Board of Directors and Management

Alix Billiet – grade 12 student at Overseas Family School in Singapore

Colophon Publication LanguageOne Parkweg 20A 2271 AJ Voorburg The Netherlands www.languageone.org Concept and graphic design PanArt www.panart.nl Images LanguageOne image bank Content LanguageOne

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A new curriculum in mother tongue education

Organisation

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The LanguageOne network

Facts and figures

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Key financial data


Message from Board of Directors and Management It is with great pleasure that I present to you the account of LanguageOne’s administrative and management policy for the 2016-2017 academic year. We have written this document for our students’ parents, our stakeholders and our partners. In this annual report, we review the results achieved and also look ahead to the coming period.

Dutch Language and Culture education (Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, NTC) as currently offered is derived from language education in the Netherlands. For some time, however, there has been a need for a programme that also reflects the international setting in which Dutchspeaking students find themselves when abroad. With this situation in mind, in 2014, we developed a LanguageOne pedagogicaldidactic model. In a logical follow-up, our teachers working in development teams and supervised by the Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development

(Stichting Leerplanontwikkeling, SLO) developed our own curriculum for NTC in the period 2014-2017. With the development phase now completed, the curriculum is set to be implemented at all LanguageOne locations as from August of the 2017-2018 academic year. Initial experiences of working with the new curriculum are decidedly positive. In addition to improved learning outcomes and the positive experiences of the students, the new curriculum also guarantees and anchors the contextual and pedagogical consistency between all our school locations as an added benefit. The curriculum provides the framework for internal quality assurance and for the professional development of our teaching staff. Furthermore, the new curriculum is the basis for developing our online offering and for e-learning. In 2016, we launched the pilot for an online Dutch language

From left to right: Helge Bernhard (Director of Operations), Deidre Jakobs (Director of Strategy), Paul Bemelen (Director), Jaap Mos (Managing Director) course. The positive experiences with this pilot demonstrated that LanguageOne's online education caters to a need. Our LanguageOne Online programme has since been accredited and is the new official provider of online-based Dutch language education in the 2017-2018 academic year. In the year under review, our locations in the United Arab Emirates also provided us with experience in offering mother tongue programmes for languages other than Dutch, including French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. Given the complexity of this programme offering, we have decided to continue its development organically and exercise caution in financial investments for the years ahead. The developments described above allowed us to lay a firm foundation for the development of our strategic ambitions going forward. These developments demanded substantial financial investments and were funded by LanguageOne's assets via the operating results. The developments in LanguageOne’s assets now encourage us to exercise caution and restraint in the period ahead and to define our priorities sharply. The accessibility of Dutch education abroad and the growth of student numbers have recently been focus areas of the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland, NOB) and, of course, LanguageOne. The Inspectorate of Education conducted a large-scale study into the effects of eroded grants and published a report in September

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2017 on the consequences of the end of subsidies for Dutch education abroad. These consequences include higher tuition fees, loss of quality, lower student numbers and occasional school closures. We hope that the Inspectorate’s report will draw political attention to the importance of Dutch education abroad. As from the beginning of this new academic year, Deidre Jakobs has joined the LanguageOne Management Board. Deidre has been involved with LanguageOne for years, based outside the Netherlands; first as a parent, then as a member of the Advisory Board and later as a member of our Management Team. Deidre’s appointment will safeguard the continuity of LanguageOne’s management in the longer term. LanguageOne is a wonderful organisation, with students who inspire us and parents, stakeholders and partners who trust us. The sense of enthusiasm from our staff at our various school locations and at our Central Office in Voorburg is a critical contribution to the success of LanguageOne. I would like to thank all of them for the dedication and passion which once again they so generously shared with us and especially with our students in the 2016-2017 academic year. On behalf of the Board and Management of LanguageOne, Jaap Mos 5


March 2017

Highlights 2016-2017

November/ December 2016 LanguageOne management holds its biannual meeting with the Advisory Board. During the meeting, we discuss various strategic issues, in particular the development of our curriculum and further ways to substantiate online education within our organisation.

February 2017

During the LanguageOne Culture Days, children’s author Victoria Farkas visits all LanguageOne schools in the Middle East, Asia and Australia to give workshops on writing or telling a good story. She provides our students with tools on how to conduct interviews or how to make a school newspaper.

Jaap Mos (Managing Director) and Eowyn Crisfield (Academic Specialist) give presentations for an audience of parents in Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Jaap focuses on returning to education in the Netherlands and Belgium. Eowyn elaborates on how to assist children speaking their mother tongue in a multilingual environment.

June/July 2017

After a successful pilot launch this school year, LanguageOne Online is now affiliated with the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting NOB), which is an endorsement of the quality of our online programmes. LanguageOne Online is a perfect solution for students who live far from a LanguageOne school or who want to join a flexible online class.

October 2016

August 2016 Effective 1 August 2016, LanguageOne expands its educational services with two schools. Led by local director Mirjam van der Geijs, Dutch School De Oranje Draak – with locations in Shanghai and Suzhou – joins LanguageOne. In the Middle East, we take on the integrated NTC programmes of Compass International School Doha and the after-school NTC education of De Globetrotter under Monica Mansveld’s leadership.

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September 2016 LanguageOne organises its very first series of workshops for in-house curriculum coordinators of all language groups, led by academic specialist Eowyn Crisfield. The event is held in Dubai, where colleagues representing Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian are present.

The Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are warmly welcomed to Perth by students and teachers of LanguageOne, as well as dozens of fans and expats, all dressed in orange and waving Dutch and Australian flags. The royal pair visit Australia to mark the 400th anniversary of explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia. LanguageOne starts a pilot course Dutch for Adults at beginner’s level in Singapore, followed a few months later in Shanghai-Suzhou, Perth and Hong Kong. Feedback from participants who finalised Grade 1 of the course is very positive, while classes are described as dynamic and great fun!

LanguageOne signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Dutch Language and Culture school De Bonte Koe in Kuala Lumpur to take on the after-school NTC education of De Bonte Koe.

January 2017 LanguageOne Singapore organises a traditional Dutch game tournament during the New Year’s Dive of Dutch Drinks Singapore. The event is well attended by people of all ages, who enjoy the Dutch songs, food and ‘gezelligheid’.

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May 2017 April 2017 LanguageOne Doha organises a charity ice skating event for the cause of Paws Rescue Qatar. The Dutch Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Bahia Tazib-Lie: ‘The Dutch love ice skating, as a sport or just for fun. It’s part of Dutch cultural heritage. We’re grateful that Qatar provides excellent ice skating facilities and I’m proud that LanguageOne organises this charity event.’ An amount of no less than QAR 17,819.50 (EUR 4,109.85) is raised by LanguageOne students for the benefit of Paws Rescue Qatar.

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Our first online students are taking their exit levels this academic year. One such online student in Perth obtained an excellent score for her Dutch ATAR exam (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), which raised her total ATAR score and consequently makes her an attractive candidate for leading universities in Australia. In May, exit levels were taken by nine students around the world. Five of these students took the IB Dutch A exam, three took the exam for the Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT) and one the IGCSE Foreign Language exam (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). All students passed their exams.

“In terms of teaching and learning, the supportive pedagogical approach and the excellent organisation of education stand out in a positive way. The available class time is spent effectively and students are very engaged. The focus on quality is good as well.” Dutch Inspectorate of Education

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History

Start of new LanguageOne curriculum

LanguageOne has been an authority in the field of mother tongue and cultural education for more than 30 years. At the request of Royal Dutch Shell, the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation began preparations for a school for Dutch education in England in 1984. In that same year, LanguageOne –initially the Backershagen Foundation – was established with close links to the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation.

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Privatisation of Rijnlands Education Worldwide, name change to LanguageOne

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Start of Rijnlands Lyceum Davos in Switzerland

2006 Expansion by offering primary education in addition to secondary education

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1989 1984

Launch of mother tongue programme for Spanish in Dubai

Transition from Backershagen Foundation to Rijnlands Education Worldwide

1996

Start of Rijnlands Lyceum Cobham, a close collaboration with Reed’s School in Cobham

Integrated NTC programme of Compass International School Doha and after-school NTC programme of De Globetrotter in Doha join LanguageOne

Launch of mother tongue programmes for French, German, Portuguese and Italian in Dubai and for French and Spanish in Abu Dhabi

2014 2012

Start of Rijnlands Lyceum Aberdeen in Scotland

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Launch of LanguageOne Online

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2015

2010

Start of Rijnlands Lyceum Dubai

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2014

Start Rijnlands Lyceum Singapore and Abu Dhabi

Start of Rijnlands Lyceum Muscat in Oman

At the request of Royal Dutch Shell, Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation starts preparations for a Dutch school in England in order to enable children of expatriates to return to the Dutch education system without difficulty

NTC school De Oranje Sampan in Hong Kong joins LanguageOne

2017

2016

NTC school De Oranje Draak in Shanghai and Suzhou joins LanguageOne

NTC school De Schakel in Perth joins LanguageOne

n 1 January 2009, the Backershagen Foundation was changed into a private notfor-profit company and, as a wholly owned subsidiary, became part of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation. At the same time, the name of the organisation changed to Rijnlands Education Worldwide (REW ) and the organisation professionalised profoundly.

2017

NTC programme at PDO School in Muscat terminates; more than 50 students will attend the NTC programmes at LanguageOne Muscat

Until 2010, the branches in Cobham and Aberdeen (UK) offered – in addition to Dutch language and culture – a broader educational programme (including a number of other disciplines from Dutch secondary education). The trend among Dutch expatriates to choose mainly international education, supplemented by a programme of Dutch Language and Culture (NTC), prompted REW to start offering exclusively Dutch Language and Culture in more and more cases.

Students who take part in NTC classes further develop not only their mother tongue but also their Dutch cultural identity. It also enables Dutch or Flemish students easily to return to local education once they move back to the Netherlands or Belgium. In 2012, it was decided that REW should split off and develop further under a new name. Since 2013, all activities in Europe, the Middle and Far East and Western Australia have been conducted under the name LanguageOne. LanguageOne is an English expression for mother tongue or first language (L1). The choice of an English name reflects our level of ambition and the international environment in which we operate. Our name tells you exactly what we do!

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Organisation LanguageOne develops mother tongue programmes for children aged 2½ to 18 years who temporarily or permanently live abroad. Our organisation has nine educational locations worldwide: Dubai and Abu Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates), Muscat (Oman), Singapore (Singapore), Hong Kong (China), Perth (Australia), Shanghai-Suzhou (China), Doha (Qatar) and Davos (Switzerland). Our Central Office is in Voorburg (the Netherlands). Using our knowledge and experience of Dutch mother tongue education, we also offer language programmes for French, Spanish, German and Portuguese in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. As from January 2018, some 1,100 students are enrolled in mother tongue education programmes at LanguageOne. After a successful pilot in 2016, we now offer online programmes for students who live far from a LanguageOne school or who are unable to join an after-school class for other reasons. As from 1 July 2017, LanguageOne Online is affiliated with the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting NOB). Since the start of academic year 20162017, we are offering a programme for adults – ‘Dutch for beginners’ – at different levels in Singapore, ShanghaiSuzhou, Perth and Hong Kong.

Mission It is our passion to nurture knowledge in young people, provide them with cultural support, help them develop and give them confidence. Through this process, we offer them a solid foundation for future success. Within a safe educational environment, we encourage students to develop their talents so they can feel at home – anywhere in the world. LanguageOne’s mission with regard to our students is to • add to their knowledge; • provide them with a cultural frame of reference; • develop their talents; • give them self-confidence. Our inspiration is the development of our students.

"LanguageOne offers young people a home away from home; through high-quality, contemporary and inspiring mother tongue education, we make them feel at home in their own language and culture." Mother tongue education gives children in a new country a firm foundation for future success. We provide a safe learning environment and motivate children through contemporary education.

Vision LanguageOne believes that it is vital for children to develop their mother tongue alongside the school language. Language is an important factor in finding a good balance between their social-emotional and their academic growth. We provide mother tongue education based on this vision.

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“My experience with LanguageOne Online has been very positive. Communication is always warm, friendly and clear. The pupil's comments about her experience have also been incredibly positive. She is really enjoying herself and that is key.”

Core values LanguageOne revolves around seven core values. Together, they form our compass and provide direction to our educational programmes and our company culture.

Safe home LanguageOne makes students feel at home wherever they are in the world.

Claire Bridgman – IB Coordinator Marlborough College, Johor, Malaysia

Strategic objectives for 2017-2021 We have translated our ambitions for these years into three areas of strategic focus: • Growth and innovation • Operational excellence • Thought leadership

Contemporary

Attentive employer of the very best people

LanguageOne uses the latest educational insights and innovative teaching methods.

Our ambitions of quality and growth can only be realised with the best teachers. Retaining and developing good teachers, as well as attracting excellent new colleagues, is therefore a critical condition for success. Our people deliver quality, are open to change and are familiar with life in an international setting.

Quality LanguageOne offers the best possible mother tongue education with a highly qualified and experienced team, always striving to maximise academic results.

International LanguageOne provides mother tongue education worldwide, aiming to increase our students’ international mobility.

Firm foundation LanguageOne gives students a firm foundation for improved learning and assimilation, paving the way for a successful future.

At LanguageOne, we consider it important that employees continue to develop professionally, so we are firmly committed to the mobility of our employees. As a result, an assignment at one location lasts no longer than five years. At the end of this period, we encourage our employees to continue their career at another LanguageOne location. The employment arrangements within LanguageOne are tailored to working in an international context. Within our organisation, there is extensive knowledge of the regulations in the countries where we operate. For all the countries in which we are active, we work closely with ECA International. ECA advises and informs multinational or international employers about the working conditions of employees abroad, among other topics. Additionally, Limes International acts as our adviser for specialised questions in the areas of legislation, taxation, and so on in the countries where we operate.

Board of Directors

Advisory board Management board

ShanghaiSuzhou Hong Kong

Abu Dhabi Dubai

Central office Voorburg

Davos

Doha

Perth Singapore

Muscat

Fun LanguageOne education is vibrant and versatile, as we believe that having fun while learning increases academic results and develops self-confidence.

Sustainable

Board of Directors

Local directors

Advisory board

Jaap Mos, Paul Bemelen

Abu Dhabi – Henk Zwart Dubai – Henk Zwart Doha – Monica Mansveld Muscat – Renske Maandag Hong Kong – Leandra Lok Singapore – Chris Samson Perth – Ionica Lub Shanghai-Suzhou – Mirjam van der Geijs Davos –Jet van Eijsden

Hanneke Wentink - Manager Dutch & Communications, Radboud in'to Languages

Management board Jaap Mos, Helge Bernhard, Deidre Jakobs

LanguageOne focuses on continuity and reliability, supported by sound financial policy, careful management and transparent accountability.

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Maarten Knoester – Director, Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation Rob Roozenburg - former Head of Team Overseas, Dutch Inspectorate of Education Roger van Baal - Executive Director, Integra Petrochemicals Singapore

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Number of students (per 1 October) 20122013 Davos

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20142015

20152016

2016- 20172017 2018

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8

8

3

Abu Dhabi NTC

74

78

85

58

70

61

Dubai NTC

323

354

400

371

333

286

Muscat NTC

50

58

50

44

84

70

Singapore NTC

138

158

172

157

176

204

135

131

113

110

67

99

97

75

Shanghai-Suzhou NTC

139

118

Doha NTC

138

109

Online

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai French

Perth NTC Hong Kong NTC

Number of employees and FTE 2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

employees

fte

employees

fte

employees

fte

Davos

3

3,0

3

2,0

2

2,0

45

AbuDhabi (NTC)

3

1,3

3

1,6

3

1,6

152

24

Dubai (NTC)

9

4,5

11

6,3

12

6,3

6

8

Muscat (NTC)

5

2,7

4

2,7

4

2,7

Abu Dhabi/Dubai Portuguese

7

10

Singapore (NTC)

4

2,9

6

3,7

8

3,7

10

5,0

10

5,0

Abu Dhabi/Dubai German

13

6

UAE Italian

3

Abu Dhabi/Dubai Spanish

Total

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Perth/Online

585

791

846

865

1349

Hong Kong (NTC) Shanghai-Suzhou (NTC)

1083

Doha (NTC)

NTC=Dutch Language and Culture

Voorburg

3

2,5

4

3,2

6

4,3

27

16,9

41

24,5

45

25,6

Abu Dhabi/ Dubai (non-NTC) Total

2015-2016

“Speaking your mother tongue while living abroad helps mastering other languages and subjects as well. We notice that international schools are also recognising the benefits of maintaining and developing students’ home language.” Henk Zwart – Local Director LanguageOne Abu Dhabi/Dubai

2016-2017

2017-2018

employees

fte

employees

fte

employees

fte

Davos

2

1,8

1

0,8

1

0,8

AbuDhabi

3

1,2

6

1,0

5

1,0

Dubai

14

6,9

12

6,0

13

6,7

Muscat

6

2,1

5

3,5

5

2,4

Singapore

9

4,0

12

5,5

11

4,3

Perth/Online

8

4,9

9

3,3

8

2,6

Hong Kong

20

2,7

8

2,3

7

1,8

0,0

7

5,8

6

5,5

Shanghai Doha Voorburg

6

5,0

8

5,7

8

5,7

MT programmes

3

0,6

18

2,5

8

1,5

Total

71

29,2

86

36,3

72

32,3

NTC=Dutch Language and Culture

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A new curriculum in mother tongue education The language that you learn in your childhood, before any formal language education, is often referred to as your ‘mother tongue’: your first language, identity language, heritage language or home language. We know clearly from research that this first language plays a unique role in linguistic and cognitive development, while it is of continuing importance throughout childhood. The language spoken in the family is an important part of a child’s cultural identity. Continuing to use and develop this language contributes to a child’s sense of belonging and heritage, which is especially important for children living abroad. A good command and knowledge of the mother tongue is vitally important to the academic and social-emotional development of a child. Parents may find it difficult to be responsible for continued language development and increasing cultural awareness. Access to mother tongue programmes can provide critical support. LanguageOne has been providing mother tongue education to Dutch- and Flemish-speaking children living abroad for more than 30 years. We have used that accumulated expertise for the next step in mother tongue education.

A new LanguageOne curriculum Within the framework of our belief that ‘students learn best by doing, not by being taught’, we have now developed a LanguageOne curriculum with a clear focus on the student, language development and meaningful learning. Communication, collaboration and 14

culture are the basis of our curriculum. The LanguageOne curriculum allows us to provide the same high-quality programme across all school locations and languages. Our new curriculum is complimentary to international curricula practised in the day schools and allows students to develop cross-disciplinary language skills in ways that are meaningful and that are connected to the worlds in which they live. It is based on the most current understanding of language acquisition, language teaching pedagogy and inquiry-based learning. The LanguageOne curriculum takes both its inspiration and its structure from the International Baccalaureate®. Our close cooperation with the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting NOB), the National Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) and the Dutch Inspectorate of Education enables us to provide guarantees for high-quality education. It not only allows for a smooth return to the home country, but also offers a good transition to other Dutch Language and Culture schools. The Inspectorate took note of our new curriculum when we presented it during the LanguageOne summer conference and responded enthusiastically. We will continue to liaise with the Inspectorate to ensure that our curriculum is compliant with education in the Netherlands and Flanders.

“Mother tongue promotion in the school helps develop not only the mother tongue, but also children’s abilities in the majority school language.” Cummins, J. (2001). Bilingual children’s mother tongue: Why is it important for

Programmes Our classes are offered during the week (during school hours or after school). Our Dutch Language and Culture schools which operate within international schools generally integrate their Dutch lessons as much as possible into the daily programme of the international school. French, Spanish, German and Portuguese classes take place after school. Location

Programmes

Partner schools

Abu Dhabi

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Doha

• Dutch Language and Culture primary education (integrated) • Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (integrated)

• Compass International School Doha

Dubai

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Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (IB PYP-integrated) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (integrated/after-school) French Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Spanish Language and Culture primary education (after-school) German Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Portuguese Language and Culture primary education (after-school)

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Dubai International Academi (DIA) Collegiate American School (CAS) Gems World Academy (GWA) Kent College Dubai (KCD) Emirates International School (EIS)

Hong Kong

• improving learning outcomes;

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Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (after-school) Dutch for beginners 3–6 years/7–9 years (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for adults

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The French International School of Hong Kong (FIS) Clearwater Bay School Bradbury School Stichting Nederlandse School Hong Kong

Muscat

• allowing for a smooth return to education in the country of origin;

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Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for secondary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for secondary education (extensive)

• British School Muscat (BSM) • PDO School • The American International School of Muscat (Taism)

Perth

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Dutch kindy groups* Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (integrated/after-school) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture private education Dutch for beginners 7-9 years/11-13 years (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for adults

• The Quintilian School • The International School of Western Australia (ISWA)

ShanghaiSuzhou

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Dutch Language and Culture programme for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture programme for primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture programme for secondary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (integrated) Dutch Language and Culture for adults

• Shanghai Community International School Early Childhood Educaton (SCIS ECE) • Community International School Hongqiao (SCIS HQ) • Shanghai Community International School Pudong (SCIS Pudong) • The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) • Nord Anglia International School Pudong (NAIS Pudong) • Dulwich College Suzhou

Singapore

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Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (integrated) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (integrated) Dutch for beginners (4-16 years) (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture for adults

• • • • •

Online

• Dutch Language and Culture primary education • Dutch Language and Culture secondary education • Dutch Language and Culture for adults

education. Sprogforum, 19, 15-20

The new LanguageOne curriculum had already been introduced in secondary education during the course of 2016 and has been implemented in primary education at LanguageOne schools worldwide as from August 2017.

Benefits of the new LanguageOne mother tongue curriculum

• creating an enjoyable learning environment; • strengthening the foundation for language learning in a broader sense; • helping the child to value its culture and heritage, which contributes to a positive self-image.

With regard to our multiple language programmes, we are in close collaboration with international knowledge centres and universities specialised in language acquisition. In Spain, for instance, we liaise with SEK International Schools.

Dutch Language and Culture for toddlers (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Dutch Language and Culture secondary education (after-school) French Language and Culture primary education (after-school) Spanish Language and Culture primary education (after-school)

Raha International School (RIS) GEMS American Academy (GAA) British International School Abu Dhabi (BISAD) The British School – Al Khubairat (BSAK)

German European School Singapore (GESS) Hollandse School Limited (HSL) Canadian International School (CIS) Stamford American International School (SAIS) Nexus International School (Singapore)

* The Dutch kindy groups are for children aged 2/3, with a strong focus on playing, singing and a playful approach to budding language and literacy

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Facts and figures Voorburg Davos

1,349

students

Shanghai-Suzhou Hong Kong

86 employees

Doha Abu Dhabi Dubai Muscat

9 locations: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Davos, Doha, Muscat, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai-Suzhou, Perth

25+ partner schools 78 teachers

Perth

1 advisory board 7 key elements in a LanguageOne class room:

8 local advisory councils

meaningful activities, student-centred, communicative, focus on process, scaffolding, connected to students’ international environment, differentiated to meet the needs of each student

Dutch, Spanish, French, 5 languages: Portuguese, German

3 continents:

Europe, Australia, Middle and Far East

Affiliated with the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting NOB)

1 global online school

core values: safe home / contemporary / quality 7international / firm foundation / fun / sustainable

Local directors and teachers at locations around the globe

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Board, directors and professional back office in the Netherlands

Over 30 years of experience with mother tongue education

National and international network

Positive assessment from the Dutch Inspectorate of Education

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The LanguageOne network One of the foundations of LanguageOne’s success is close cooperation. We join forces with leading local and international schools, expat associations, embassies and consulates, international companies, universities and other organisations. Maintaining regular contact with these organisations enables us to respond to new developments in the demand for mother tongue education. By sharing knowledge, we build on our continued success. Along with our partners, we form an international education network and a unique knowledge centre for mother tongue education. Our network is at the service of our students, their parents and the development of our employees. LanguageOne works closely with the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland, NOB). Stichting NOB is a non-profit organisation commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote and support high standards of Dutch education for Dutch-speaking children around the world. The advice provided by Stichting NOB and the joint development of educational concepts greatly contributes to maintaining and improving the quality level as well as the connection to education in the Netherlands and Flanders. All LanguageOne locations are accredited by the Dutch Inspectorate of Education. LanguageOne meets the criteria set by the Inspectorate of Education in the supervisory framework for NTC education, receiving a positive assessment as to the quality of its education.

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Partner schools We invest heavily in relationships with our partner schools, so our educational system is optimised for – or integrated into – the daytime education that our students receive. At our nine locations worldwide, we have been working with more than 25 partner schools. With six schools, we enjoy a far-reaching collaboration which ensures either that the NTC lessons are integrated into the daytime education of the partner schools or that we work together on a range of native-language academic programmes:

“LanguageOne has been so helpful throughout the years; the teachers’ dedicated care meant a lot to us. We are moving back to the Netherlands and have every confidence that our children will return to education smoothly, thanks, not least to LanguageOne.” Kees Hillenius – parent and former member local advisory body LanguageOne Abu Dhabi

British School of Muscat

Compass International School Doha

GEMS World Academy Dubai

Other leading partners of LanguageOne include: • Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation The Foundation has eight secondary schools at six locations. The cooperation with our former parent organisation is characterised by a good flow of both students and employees from Rijnlands schools to LanguageOne schools and vice versa. • Dutch Asthma Centre Davos (Nederlands Astmacentrum Davos, NAD) Our branch in Davos is a hospital school. We provide education to Dutch patients admitted to the Dutch Asthma Centre in Davos (Switzerland). • Dutch International Schools This group of schools offers a variety of fitting international programmes in English within the Dutch educational programme. There is a good flow of primary and secondary students between the schools affiliated to Dutch International Schools and LanguageOne schools.

• Royal Dutch Shell It was at the request of Shell that our former parent organisation (Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation) started preparations for a Dutch school in England. Since then, Shell and LanguageOne have joined forces for the benefit of high-quality education in the cities where Shell and LanguageOne are located. Together, we have made a firm commitment to excellent school facilities for the children of Shell employees. • National Institute for Curriculum Development (Stichting Leerplanontwikkeling, SLO) SLO is the Dutch expert organisation in curriculum and curriculum development. In cooperation with SLO, LanguageOne has been spearheading the development of an NTC learning path as well as LanguageOne’s own curriculum.

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Shanghai Community International School

Innoventures Education (Dubai International Academy – Collegiate American School)

German European School Singapore

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Key financial data

Statement of income and expenses

2016 Income Net Turnover School fees/registration fees Grants Other income Total income

Balance sheet Fixed assets

2016

2015

Tangible fixed assets Furniture, fixtures and fittings

32.795

44.398

184.028

75.995

Cash at bank and in hand Total assets

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Liabilities

2016

2015

19.000 55.552 496.506

19.000 183.296 433.145

139.141

220.390

Shareholders equity

Current assets Receivables Trade debtors Receivables from group companies Pension receivables Accrued income and prepaid expenses

2.546.694 432.702 51.227 3.030.623

Expenses

(in â‚Ź )

Financial fixed assets

(in â‚Ź )

Issued share capital Legal and statutory reserves General reserve Provisions Other provisions

605.691

358.688

60.392 54.653

129.642

262.115

332.461

1.086.077

1.175.677

2.285.751

2.116.861

Short-term liabilities Trade creditors Taxes and social security premioms Other liabilites and acccrued expenses

Total liabilities

Personnel expenses Wages and salaries Social security and pension scheme Other staff expenses

1.490.582 208.880 250.259

Other operating expenses Housing expenses Other expenses Learning materials - school activities

450.831 338.320 84.550

Depreciation of tangible assets Depreciation of tangible assets

22.456

68.384

Total expenses

43.675

48.060

Result operating income and expenses

1.509.421

1.144.586

2.285.751

2.116.861

LanguageOne

16.588 2.840.010 190.613

Innovation and development Innovation and development

260.479

Financial income and expenses Received bank interest Exchange differences Total financial income and expenses

0 37.168 37.168

Result activities before taxation Taxes

-32.698 41.894 9.196

Share in result from participations Net result after taxation

-73.579 -64.383

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“We approached LanguageOne with the objective to have them run our Dutch mother tongue programme. We have a substantial Dutch community at Nexus and wanted to offer mother tongue support to our Dutch learners. LanguageOne was already established in Singapore and had a good reputation. When LanguageOne started, it was evident that the reputation was well founded. Their teachers are caring and professional and our learners enjoy the classes. The parents I have spoken to also speak highly of the LanguageOne staff and the programmes that they offer.” Rene Kragelund – Admissions and Student Services Assistant Manager Nexus International School in Singapore

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LanguageOne

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LanguageOne Annual Report 2016-2017  

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