What are the things to consider when changing schools?
Change always has its share of stress and uncertainty. Changing schools can be quite a challenge for both children and parents, especially if they are enjoying their current one. Although, research shows that moving can also have some benefits. It can help build resilience in children, while providing new experiences and learning opportunities.
Here are some important things to consider before changing schools.
Your Child’s Feelings
Ultimately, a child's education is the parent's responsibility. The parents are the ones who pay for the school’s tuition, who make sure they get all of their vitamins and nutrition everyday, and who will be responsible for the entire process. From this perspective, your child's feelings may seem irrelevant, but it is in fact extremely important. While the parents take responsibility for changing schools, it is the child who will have to live through it.
Ask your child about how they feel about their current school – do they think they are getting good education, do they feel safe. Communication is key.
Your Child’s Social Life
Your child's social life may be a significant reason for wanting to change schools. If your child may be experiencing difficulty in socialising, making friends, or perhaps even bullying, changing schools can be an albeit last-resort but nevertheless a viable solution to the issue. Sometimes a fresh start can make all the difference.
Different schools have different approaches when it comes to their academic and non-academic curriculums. It is important to know what type of education you want your child to have. We would recommend considering the curriculum of a school when making a choice - to determine what matches your child’s interests and abilities.
Every parent wants the best for their child, and this extends to their teachers at school. You want teachers who are properly trained, educated, certified, and experienced in their subject matter at the very least. A quality educator is someone who is accessible to both student and parents when needed. Someone who is patient, welcoming, communicative, ready and willing to help whenever they can. In summary, you want someone who is invested as you are in your child’s academic success.
Lastly, parents should know what class size will work best for their child. Remember that when a class is large (20+ students), it is easy for a struggling child to be left behind. In addition, teachers might not be willing to spend extra time on one or two students who need the extra attention. Smaller class sizes are usually more attractive to parents as their child has a better chance at getting focused attention & feedback.
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