If you have a child approaching schooling age then you will have felt the day creeping up on you. You will have to make one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent. Deciding where and how your child will be educated is a big deal. We know from growing up the difference a good, or even a bad, school can make to a child’s future. It’s easy to get lost down a rabbit hole of anxiety about how you’ll make theses decisions. The first thing to do, therefore, is to relax. The following article provides some words of advice from teachers and parents as to how to best evaluate potential schools.
Public vs Private
You will have to decide is whether you want your child to attend a private or a state school. There are arguments on both sides as to which is better. It can be easy for a parent to feel like they are being shouted at from all sides and hearing conflicting information. There is no right or wrong choice here, it depends entirely on you and your children as individuals. You should, therefore, talk to your child about the available options and how they feel about them. Some children like the idea of a boarding school, for example, whereas others find the thought terrifying. Search online to find out what the options are near where you live, and remember that catchment areas can be important. If you want your child to attend private school in west London, for example, Clifton Lodge, then you may need to relocate to the area.
Educational institutions at all levels hold open days now and then. These are an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to visit the site and meet the staff who work there. When visiting a school, be sure to ask any questions you have in order to ensure that both you and your child feel better and are able to make a more informed decision. It is important that you encourage your child to engage with their surroundings while you’re there so that they can form an opinion as to whether the school is suitable for them.
Other Things to Consider
You can check the Ofsted website to search for reports on any schools you are considering but, while the academic performance of the school is clearly very important, there are other important aspects to consider. For example, the social aspects of the school are important for both you and your child; they will, of course, make friends at the school and so you will likely meet many of the other parents. The best way of getting an idea of what the school is like from this perspective is to search online for Facebook groups or discussions on message boards.
Choosing the right school for your child can be stressful but it is an incredibly important decision. Be sure to do as much research as you need to your and your child’s minds at ease.Love Lilla xx