7 Important Reasons Why You Might Want To Send Your Children To Private School

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to send your children to private school over state schools. If you can afford the large tuition fees, then these are the reasons why you should send your kids to private schools.

 

Religious Beliefs

One of the most popular reasons to send your children to private school is that you want them taught specific religious beliefs. Normal schools generally take a neutral stance on religion, but if you want specific religious teachings, then a private school is where you should send your children. This one is as simple as that.

Smaller Class Size

Private schools have a smaller class size due to the elite nature of the school. You are not going to find the class sizes pushing 40. Instead, it is going to be closer to 10 or 20. This means that the teachers will have more time for each pupil and can spend more time helping them to learn. This will help your child gain a high quality of education when compared to a state school where the teachers have double, triple or even quadruple the number of students to deal with. Private schools can also invest in additional support staff and teaching assistants to further help your children learn and ensure that they have the best possible experience. A smaller class size will also mean that your children know each of their classmates better. And while this might be slightly cynical it also means that they can grow a network of useful people for the future better. When they leave school, these school friends can be helpful in aiding your children to gain employment or further their careers.

Prestige

A lot of private schools come with a lot of prestige. In the same way that attending a high-end University can give someone a head start, the same is true for famous private schools. Even if your child isn’t particularly academic and doesn’t achieve as highly as their classmates, the simple fact that they attending a prestigious private school carries a lot of weight. Private educators can give your children a real head start in life. If you think about how many famous people, actors, politicians, business people who attended private schools and compare the numbers to those that didn’t, then you will see that it is heavily weighted in favour of those that attended private school.

Sports Programmes


A popular reason to send a child to private school is that the sports programmes are often far better. This is usually because the private school has access to far more equipment and facilities than a state school. Thanks to this though, your children can participate in sports that they would not be able to in state schools. Also if you are looking to get a scholarship for your child, then a sports scholarship could be the way to go. If they are particularly adept or experienced in a particular sport, then the private school might give them a partial or full scholarship to attend their school. This is one way that you can make attending a private school far less costly on your bank balance.

While we are talking about sports programmes, your child will be given far more support and training on a sport if they have attended a school that specialises in that area. For example, professional tennis players have attended a specific tennis private school. This has given them the time, coaching and experience to perform at an extremely high level. Through this, they have also competed against other highly talented and skilled players, and it has helped to push them to the top of their game. The same is true for other kinds of sports, and if your child wants to pursue a career in a specific sport, then a private school that specialises in that area is a brilliant idea for them.

Academic Programmes

This is one of the biggest reasons to send your child to private school. The academic programmes at private schools are renowned for being a tier above state schools. Private schools have the additional teaching staff, tools and equipment and the high standards to push your children to be the best that they can possibly be. In a similar way to the sports programmes, you could send your kids to a school that specialises in a certain area if they know what career they want in the future. This might be a private school that specialises in music, science or art. However, you don’t need to send them a specialised school for them to succeed. Many children will have no idea what they want to once they leave school and this will make such private schools pointless. Instead, regular private schools can help to foster and guide your children towards a career that they will enjoy and excel at.

A lot of private schools have advanced academic programmes that state schools cannot possibly hope to match. A lot of the top Universities receive most of their students from private schools. Universities like Oxford and Cambridge receive a large proportion of their students from private schools, and plenty of other top Universities see similar numbers. If you want your child to attend the best possible University, then you should start by sending them to the best possible private school. The academic programmes offered by a lot of private schools can give them the advantage when applying for University and help to get them fast-tracked if they have done particularly well in their studies.

Your Child

If your child is doing extremely well in school, then they are likely going to find state school works at too slow a pace for them and that they aren’t being pushed. If you decide to send them to a private school, then they will be pushed to be the best that they can be and they will have a far more enjoyable school experience. The same could be true for if you child is struggling. If they aren’t receiving the level of attention or help that they need in order to reach their potential at a state school, then you might want to send them to private school so that they can become the best that they can be. It is much harder for a state school to help a child reach their potential, so you might want to send them to a private school regardless of their current performance.

Parental Involvement

Another reason that you might find a private school better than a state school is the level of parental involvement. You might be able to join a governor’s board at a state school, but you will have a minimal impact on how things are actually run. Whereas at a private school, parental involvement is far higher. You can give your feedback and help to show how your child learns best. If you have a problem, then you can report it and know that your concerns will be taken seriously. There are also a lot of extracurricular activities that you can get involved in. This can be a way for you to stay involved in your child life while they are at school. This can be especially nice if you have sent them to a private boarding school as you won’t see them very often. If you want to be more involved in your child academic life and help to shape their future rather than just leave it in the hands of teachers, then you should send them to a private school.

 

 

Education Is Fun: Games That Encourage Learning

Who said learning has to be dull and draining? Most people, kids especially, process new information better when they’re having fun and they don’t feel like they’re learning. Education does not begin and end in the classroom, and there are limits to what children can learn from textbooks. If you want your children to become well-rounded adults, you need to hone the skills that school doesn’t emphasise. One of the best ways to do this is by playing games. After all, learning doesn’t have to be dull and draining. Here are a few suggestions to help you start the educational fun at home.

Puzzles and Construction Toys

All children are budding artists, engineers, and designers, but they have to start young and have fun t develop those skills. Jigsaw puzzles are an effective way to develop children’s advanced spatial skills and for older kids, manipulating small puzzles pieces help the development of fine motor skills, which perfect hand eye-coordination. If your kids are getting a bit old for simple jigsaw puzzles put their skills to the test with Ugears Mechanical Models; these are 3D models that will challenge kids to construct puzzles on a whole new dimension. Best of all, their efforts are rewarded with a new mechanical toy. Keep your eyes peeled for classic toys such as Mechano or MegaBloks (for the babies) at carboot sales, and I your local charity shops. These well-known branded toys can cost a small fortune brand new but you may grab a good bargain if you’re lucky.

Board Games

Some families might have experienced the epic fights declared over Monopoly, but don’t knock its value just yet. Besides giving kids practice in making change, Monopoly is a fun way to teach such grown-up concepts as saving, budgeting and financial planning. Plus the random element, such as “Go directly to jail!” teaches your child how to adapt to sudden changes. There aren’t many other games out there that give such an accurate portrayal of real life. Of course, there are lots of different style board games you could try (and have lots of fun with). Jenga and Operation practise hand-eye coordination. Uno reinforces colours, numbers and pattern recognition. Hopscotch teaches numbers and gross motor skills. A personal favourite of mine is Bananagrams, where you can challenge yourself to find words from letter tiles, and build them up into a wordsearch style grid. The game is for adults and kids alike, but I create a super simple version for my 5 year old, where I lay all of the tiles down and let her find any words, in any time frame.

Think of any board game and it will be teaching kids something. Get them using their brains and their bodies and you will have fun, make memories and secretly be teaching the kids a few things… even if the main goal is ‘turn taking’!

It’s A Mystery

Children also need to learn the value of working as a team, so “It’s a Mystery” is an ideal team-building game. Many children enjoy a good mystery, so the aim of this game is to design a mystery that they must all solve together. Give each child a numbered clue. In order to solve the mystery — say, the case of the missing TV remote — children must work together to solve the clues in order. The “case” might require them to move from one area of the room to the next, uncovering more clues.

Video games

I’ll be honest with you here. I flipping hate video games, iPads, smart phones… when used by kids. But, I am starting to learn (as my kids get older) that I have to accept modern technology and realise that this is now part of my children’s lives. Playing video games might seem counterproductive but if you stick to age-appropriate material, video games can actually help your child’s learning process. Many quest-based games, such as Legend of Zelda, encourages children to search, negotiate, plan, and try different approaches to advance to the next level, therefore teaching them creative problem-solving skills. App games such as Age of Empires have sparked children’s interest in world history, geography, and ancient cultures. Finally, video games can make a difficult subject seem easier. If your child struggles with maths, perhaps a maths quiz game can make the process easier to understand. Our kids recently got a Vtech InnoTV games console. It’s a real basic games console, that’s suitable for toddlers. The girls have enjoyed Power Rangers, Peppa Pig and Little People games. Although keep screen time limited, as over use can have a negative effect!

Also if it means you get half an hour to do some house work whilst they’re quiet, I suppose it’s acceptable.