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What factors should you consider when choosing the right school for your child? Whether you are choosing a state or private school or homeschooling your children, thorough planning is essential. As you go through selecting a school for your child, the questions in the following sections will help you think about your options. Remember that you want a school that will make the learning experience for your child and you as enjoyable as possible.
Think about what you and your child need from a school
Before you begin your search for the ideal school, take some time to consider what you want a school to do for your child. For example, your child may have particular language or educational requirements. Perhaps you want one that takes them from an early age and focuses on infant, baby and toddler academic skills.
Collect information about the different schools available
If you were looking to make any significant purchases, you would do your research first. You would look online at reviews, read up in consumer magazines and ask advice in forums and from family and friends. Do the same for a potential school. If you are looking at schools, you may have to make phone calls, collect written materials from several schools, and look for stories about them in your local newspaper to gather the information you require. You can review their position in league tables, check out their OFSTED report and attend school open days to learn more about your children’s education. If you can locate a school that encourages your child to achieve their full potential, the effort will be worthwhile.
In addition to learning about the schools’ curricula and philosophy, you will want to know about their policies and services. After-school activities like sports, clubs, tutoring and academic enrichment may also be considered by parents when selecting a school.
Go and visit the school
Make contact with the schools that you are interested in and schedule a time to see them. Try to visit the schools during regular school hours if at all possible, and observe a few courses. Try to avoid visiting schools during the first or last week of a term if possible to gain a genuine understanding of how the school functions.
It is recommended that you plan an appointment with the headteacher to receive answers to your queries. In addition to providing vital information on the attitudes of staff and kids and their parents, attending an open day parent-teacher meeting or other school function would be highly recommended.
Pay special attention to what teachers have to say about the school. Teachers will be the ones who will have the most direct contact with your child, so you will want to know if they are well prepared, dedicated, and content in their jobs.
Your child will greatly benefit from your active involvement in and concern for their education and well-being in general. You can now take the initiative in ensuring that your son or daughter receives the finest possible education by gathering information, speaking with other parents, touring schools, and choosing the best school possible.
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