Choosing the right school is easier if you know the right questions to ask
Choosing the best school for your child can be one of the hardest and complex decisions you may have to make. There is a lot to be considered, including location, costs, family affiliation and reputation. However, what you may not automatically consider is how schools can meet the learning and social/emotional needs of your child.
It's important that parents are aware of their child's academic, social and emotional needs and make an informed decision based on what the school can offer. In having an awareness of your child's learning and academic needs you are equipped to explore how schools can support or extend your child's learning and which schools are more likely to provide the best educational outcome for your child. For example, in understanding your child's emotional and social needs you are able to investigate schools which have a focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Research indicates (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki and Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011) that schools with a focus on SEL have:
• better academic performance
• improved attitudes and behaviours
• fewer negative behaviours
• reduced emotional distress
In general, in understanding the needs of your child you are able to 'match' your child to a school that will best provide for your child's academic, social and emotional needs…a great outcome towards the academic success of your child.
Education is power
‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’. -- Nelson Mandela.
The quote above says it all…we believe that a good education is one of the best gifts you can give to your children. Research into the benefits of education indicate that a good education can provide your child with vocational satisfaction which in turn often leads to an increased feeling of life satisfaction. A good education opens up new opportunities for your child and empowers them to fully participate in what life can offer and allows them to be in charge of their own destiny.
The developers of this site have all had the experience of seeking and evaluating their own children’s education. The main developer of the survey is a psychologist who has had many years working in schools and holds a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Her everyday working experience revolves around developing strategies and supports to achieve the best educational outcomes for children. When schools really understand a student’s learning needs the best supports can be developed.
In addition, the survey is easy to use and cost effective… Especially if you think that educating children is one of the biggest investments families will make for their children.
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