buy mail order Seroquel Every parent asks this question as their child approaches school age or prepares to move from primary to secondary education. Teachers ask themselves a similar question, although in their case they are likely to ask, “What kind of school is right for me?”
source link These are good questions. No two schools are exactly the same and it is essential to ask what kind of school will best meet the aspirations you have for your child – or for yourself.
buy bactrim for guinea pigs Finding the answer to your question is not as difficult as you might think. Most schools describe the kind of school they are in a “guiding statement” that you will find published on their website, in their literature for prospective parents and teachers, or both. Many schools call this statement their mission, but there are other names including aims, philosophy, and ethos. Some schools also use the term vision, but this is more likely to describe what the school aims to be in future, not what it claims to be doing now.
The mission is the promise that the school makes to the community – students, parents, teachers and others. Some schools promise to deliver academic excellence, others emphasize strong human values, while yet others may focus on sporting prowess or education for environmental sustainability. Of course, many schools offer several of these and more besides! As a prospective parent you should look for a school whose aims match those you have for your child.
buy finasteride online europe How can you be sure that the school is keeping its promise to the community? Here are four ways to look for evidence:
1. If the school promises academic excellence you should check appropriate ‘performance indicators’ such as public test and examination results and university placements. The school should make this information available to you upon request.
2. You should ask parents of children already in the school if, in their opinion, the school keeps its promises. It’s important to ask specifically about things that the school claims to do in its guiding statement. For example, it would not be helpful to ask about the success of the school’s sports teams if it does not claim that high sporting achievement is an important aspect of its educational program.
3. Of course, you may visit the school and see for yourself. As mentioned in earlier posts you should look and listen for evidence that the school does what it claims to do. For example, if a school claims that children ‘learn through inquiry’ you should expect to find evidence that students are actively engaged in age-appropriate work based on research and investigation. If a school claims to be ‘inclusive’, ask what this means. Look and listen for evidence of diversity among the students and teachers, and for evidence that the school is open to new ideas and different points of view.
4. Finally, you can ask to see reports from organizations that provide objective, external evaluation of the school’s performance. In the case of international schools ask for the latest “Accreditation Report”, and for state schools in the UK ask for the most recent “Ofsted Report”. All schools in all countries should be able to offer a report written by an external evaluation agency, often the local or central government. If a school is not able to offer a report to you, please ask why it is not available.
Evidence that a school keeps its promises can turn up in unexpected ways! To illustrate this, here is a personal anecdote about a school close to where I live. A few weeks ago I was shopping in the neighborhood mini-market. Halfway on my walk around the shop I looked in my basket and remembered that I should have selected some fruit from a shelf near the entrance. I walked back against the flow of customers and as I approached the entrance a group of about ten very tall teenagers in school uniform came laughing through the door. I felt sure I would be pushed backwards by this large and unstoppable mass of young people. To my joy, however, they greeted me, parted to let me through, and even asked if they could help me find what I was looking for.
When I reached home I went straight to the school’s website. Its mission statement included the following words: “Through … a strong focus on pastoral care, we aim to prepare young people for their lives as citizens in the community, and to enable them to serve as examples to moral and spiritual values in the world.”
The behavior of the students in that mini-market told me that the school is keeping its promise.
Next time: What kind of education will prepare your child for an uncertain future?