Month: May 2018

The Best Schools Ever

England’s private schools, traditionally called public schools, have been famous for hundreds of years. The Duke of Wellington is reputed to have said that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. Eton, and Winston Churchill’s school, Harrow, and many others, have established, and maintain to this day, a standard of education that attracts the children of rulers, aristocrats and oligarchs from all over the world. Yet two generations ago England possessed even better schools, some of which sent more students to Oxford and Cambridge Universities than even Eton or Harrow. And these schools were open to bright children from the humblest homes.

In the years following the end of the Second World War, all children in the United Kingdom took an examination at the age of ten years to determine the nature of their secondary education from the age of eleven. Called ‘The Eleven Plus,’ all those who passed were provided with free education at a grammar school. Those who failed were educated at a secondary modern school, with the option of a transfer to a technical or commercial school at the age of thirteen. In this system, each child was assessed and assigned to the level of education to which they were best suited.

With the rigour of the Eleven Plus examination, it might have been supposed that all the students of the grammar schools were potential university material but this was no so. At the end of the first year, roughly half of the students entered the ‘A’ stream heading towards Academe, and the other half were expected to leave after the ‘O’ level examinations at the age of sixteen, or pursue other routes to a commercial or professional career. About five percent of all children went on to university and most of these came from grammar schools, with Manchester Grammar School regularly topping the league table ahead of all the leading public schools.

There is no doubt that the grammar schools were the best schools England ever had, and the system in which they operated was the fairest yet devised. Clever children from poor homes were admitted and the door was barred to children of rich parents if they couldn’t make the grade. Entry was purely on merit. It is often said that in England the prime minister is always from Eton or another top public school, but for a few years prime ministers like Edward Heath took the elevator of the grammar school to high public office. This was possible for a few fleeting years, but by the mid-1960s the grammar schools were swept away by the government of Harold Wilson, himself a former grammar school pupil, leaving once again the pursuit of excellence to the private sector.

How to Select A Best School for Child Education

Most parents start thinking about the school they should put their kid on even before their child is born. A child grows up to be a mirror of its surroundings. It is absolutely vital that your child not only has an ideal home life but also a good school life. Choices about where your child goes to school can be hard to make with so many options available. It’s normal for you as a parent to feel concerned about getting this right. Here are few tips to help make this decision easier.

Research thoroughly and make personal visits

Probably the most obvious point but, which many parents fail to do is to research the schools available in that area. Word of mouth and friends suggestion is a good starting point but your decision should not be solely based on that. Visiting schools personally and talking to teachers and other staff in that school watching a demo class if possible are all important steps a you must do before finalizing the school. Proximity from your home to school is an important factor that you will have to consider.

Name and popularity are not the only criteria

A school might be a popular and highly recommended school but that does not make it the best option for all children. Each and every child has their individuality which can be found out at an early age. Choosing the best school in the city is not the same as choosing the best school your child. It is always important to evaluate your child’s your child’s strengths and weaknesses and assess their overall personality.

Good education does not only mean good grades

Choose a school that gives enough importance to both the regular curriculum as well as extracurricular activities. A good school should for example definitely have a good physical activity curriculum. A child in its initial years tends to grow better with proper physical activity. Also very important is arts and music programs in the school. A school with a mix of work and play is always a good option.

Teachers are the key

Good teachers not only teach education but also life lessons. Parents and teachers are the two most important role models that a child looks up to in the early years. Students with understand influential and confident teachers are the ones that perform better overall. Know the teachers more before you select the school.

Financial standard and affordablity

You may want to move heaven and earth to get your child a good education, but that does not mean choosing a school way above your life standard is a good choice. Do not miss the child’s growing years by working long hours to pay high fees. A child needs the warmth and care of its parents during early years. Choose a school that you can afford in your current income. Do not take over the extra burden and become emotionally distant with your child as a result. Make a decision and be financially prepared to help you and your child enjoy the growing years.

 

Tips for Selecting the Best School for Your Kids

Do you remember your school days, what you liked about your school and what you did not?

You will be in a different role when it’s time to select the best school for your kids. Don’t worry. These important tips will help you.

• Is the school going to provide strong academic background?

Peers and teachers interested in academics shall be a reinforcement to learn and achieve. Academic potential of a school may be confirmed by knowing accreditations and track record of the school, and availability of trained and qualified teachers.

• Schooling does not mean only academics

It is important to know what you are aiming at. Well, you may be imagining a future scientist in your child, but don’t forget your child’s age. It’s not the age for truckload of homework with unrealistic deadlines. Get information about the homework culture of the school. The child will learn math or science, but the golden days of childhood also mean a lot more: Drawing, painting, sport, sculpture, singing, dance, drama, stories and what not! Check what the school does to help your child build up an all-round personality.

• School should not be a boring place for your child

Are we speaking of school timings, ambience and infrastructure? Well, yes. See if school timings match the needs of your child. Do not push your child out of bed before sunrise to start the day with a cry and eventually disliking going to school. Next, check for clean, lighted, spacious, ventilated classrooms with seats comfortable for height of the child. Check availability of sport equipment, playground, proper sanitation, and overall pleasant environment. Check for an effective communication system to report to you in case of any problem with your child at school.

• Do you want your child to spend quality time?

Sometimes, going to and coming back from school becomes a long, exhausting task. Look first for a school in your area, so that the child spends minimum time travelling. The conserved energy could be diverted to recreation!

• The teachers need to have passion for their job

Speak to the teachers. See if they speak of innovations. Search in them the positive interest, liking, and passion for teaching, their attitude to discover the qualities in students, and love for children.

Make sure you visit the school, put your direct and indirect observations together, apply your priorities to match the situation, and choose the best school for your child.

How Should You Choose the Best School?

One can make out the quality of a school while visiting the place whether the environment is friendly or pleasing or strict. A perfect school campus should have a wide range of facilities for the students that no one can match it. A high quality school should be well known for various popular academic results and caring staff among the public. One should look into the rating of the school in United Kingdom before choosing the best one for their kid. A good school should aim at providing the pupil with great education and social life skills in order to lead a successful life.

Schools in United Kingdom usually accept children from 3 months till they complete the sixth form. The schools aim at overall development of a student including sports, academy and moral values. The philosophy of most of the schools is to be happy with what is available around us. This is insisted in the mind of every kid from the age of 11.Hence students who pass out of many popular schools are able to lead a successful life One should make sure that the schools should have a lot of facilities such as a library, changing room, laser shooting gallery, full sized swimming pool and boarding apartments for the benefits of the students.

One can avail world class educational facilities at London at an affordable cost. Hence one can make use of the opportunity available for the greater benefit of the children. Students from popular schools in London have been placed in Cambridge and oxford with good credits over the past few years. The perfect school should have a 100% pass rate every year. If both the parents are employed then one can prefer the option of boarding in school. A boarding school offers an excellent environment for the students to interact and lead a healthy lifestyle. The students will never have the feeling of home sickness as there are plenty of friends around to lead a good life in a healthy environment. The staffs at the boarding school provide a friendly and a supportive environment for the students to shine. Hence it is a wise decision to enroll your kid at the best school which the latest facilities in London.

Selecting a School For a Special-Needs Child – How Do You Find the Best School?

As a Realtor, I’m sometimes approached by parents of kids with special needs. They’ll ask: “What are the best schools in the area for this situation?” Maybe their child has cerebral palsy. Or a hearing disorder. Or a speech problem. Or ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Or any of a hundred other physical or mental issues.

One disadvantage Realtors have is that we can’t say: “This is a great school” or “This is a terrible school.” The reason: What may be a good school for one child may be a poor one for another. So, like parrots, most Realtors will refer parents to web sites that rate schools. (And there are some very good sites. Still, that doesn’t answer your questions.

So what do you do? Here are four tips.

First, you may already be a member of a non-profit group that deals with that particular disorder. If so, ask them.I have some experience with kids with learning challenges, and kids with ADHD. One of the national organizations (with hundreds of local chapters) is CHADD–Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. I’m involved in the local chapter, and we get similar questions frequently. And, trust me, the experts and the parents know which schools are supportive and which ones aren’t. As a Realtor, I may not be able to say that one school is better than another. But as a parent, I know… and as a parent I’m willing to share that information.

If you’re not already involved in such a group, you should be. Most of them have lots of great resources: Often regular education meetings, support groups, a referral program to experts and professionals in the field, and much more. So, join. Then tap into those resources.

Second, ask your child’s pediatrician or a specialist your child goes to for recommendations and suggestions. The specialists, in particular, will know which schools are more supportive and which ones are less. It’s likely that they’ve appeared before school evaluation boards with the parents as the school has considered whether to approve a 504 Plan or an IEP for children.

Third, some school PTAs also will have a committee or subcommittee on special education. The parents on those committees will tell you what the school is like for kids with special needs. Frankly, it’s a very good sign if a school’s PTA (or other parent group) does have such a committee/subcommittee. It indicates a high level of awareness already.

Fourth, visit the school and talk to the school’s principal, or a guidance counselor. You’ll get a good idea of the school’s general approach–whether it’s open and supportive… or not–toward children with special needs.

Those four tips will help you choose a school that’s best for your child.