Could You Run Your Own Educational Institute?

If you have something of a passion for education, then there’s every chance that you might be able to benefit yourself and those in your local community by turning that passion into a reality. More and more people are starting their own schools, and yet there is a good chance that this is not something you have ever considered doing. The truth is however that you can start your own school, and in most places it is not even that hard to make sure that you get the right permissions to make it happen. If you feel driven to do this due to a lack of trust in your local school system, or just because you think you could bring something unique to the table, then read on. Here are some of your top concerns when you are thinking of opening up your own school.

Have Patience

First of all, you should bear in mind that it will take not just a little patience to ensure that this happens. At first you need to get permission from the government to be able to start the school and the truth is that that process alone can take up to a year to go through. Nonetheless, in that time you could easily begin to design your school and start planning – so long as you are relatively sure that it will actually be approved after that year-long wait. Of course, you can always try again the following year, so it might be a good idea to think about that anyway. All in all, you will need a good degree of patience to be able to make sure that it happens and it is worth bearing that in mind from the start so that it is not too much of a shock for you further down the line.

Be Business-Minded

Even though you are clearly not going into this venture for profit, you will find that there are many ways in which you have to think of the school as a business. At the very least, thinking of it in these terms will ensure that you can achieve much more with it, and it will certainly make it easier to separate it out from other more charitable ventures. As long as you have your business head on when you are setting it up and running it, you will find that it is run much more successfully, so that is a useful marker to go back to whenever you feel you are getting a little lost as to how to run the school. Ask yourself: what would a business do in this situation? And you will find that you can easily come to the right answer that way.

Get Marketing

One of the very first things you will need to do is to get marketing your school, even long before it has opened. Clearly this is important because you want to make sure that you have some pupils coming in in the first year, and that requires that you have successfully spread the word around in advance. There are many ways to market a school, and again you will find that it helps to think of it like a business. That means focusing on what the branding is like, and how it is likely to be received, and making sure that the branding is consistent at all times with itself. This means the need to focus on details such as letterheads right up to larger things such as finding the right school signage for the building itself. All of this will need to be considered early on, and you will also need to make sure that you are thinking about how to actually get the word out as well. That means advertisements in local newspapers, speaking on the local radio, as well as the good old simple word of mouth. As long as you do all this, your school will have a much better start in life and that will mean you have many more students to teach straight off the bat as well.

Staffing Right

In a school, the staff are amongst the most important parts of the whole procedure. If you don’t get the right people to be teachers, then it is unlikely that you will be able to actually provide for your students the kind of education that you feel they deserve. Of course, it can be notoriously difficult to get hold of the right staff, but as long as you are keen to spend some time on the recruitment process then you should be able to find passionate teachers who can do a good job. This passion is the main thing to look for, but of course the right qualifications are necessary too if you are going to provide a decent education for your pupils.

You also need to think about the very important issue of safeguarding, which requires that your teachers have a DBS check carried out recently and that they have a clean criminal record in all ways. As long as you do manage to find the right staff, you will be able to be much happier with your school on the whole, so this is incredibly important and not something to overlook at all.

 

Help Your Child To Improve Their Career Prospects

It seems strange to think of your child entering the working world, but time really does fly. If they’ve already reached their teenage years then they’re only a few years away from deciding what to do with their lives. Maybe they’ll go straight into work, or maybe they’ll go to university first. Whatever the case, it can help to start weighing up different routes for their future. Obviously, nobody knows for certain what they want to do with their lives when they’re young; that’s too much pressure. We all have the ability to change our minds and take a different path in later life. Still, it can help to open as many doors as possible. Here are some ways in which you could help your child to improve their career prospects (without burdening them).

Carefully consider educational options.

It’s important to carefully consider all available options when your child heads off to high school, college, or university. The place of education can matter to some employers just as much as the actual qualifications in themselves. In order to improve their prospects further down the line, you should ensure that you help your child get into the best possible educational institution every step of the way. You might even want to consider private school over public school because the prestige that comes from attending such institutions can really help a child in later life. The same goes applies to universities; you should check the rankings when your child is applying to different institutions. It’s harsh, but many of the best jobs are still given to candidates who attended the best schools and universities. It could be the deciding factor if your child is up against somebody with the same qualifications as them.

Encourage them to work on their people skills.

Whether they’re 7 or 17, you should always be encouraging your child to work on their people skills. It’s beneficial to their personal development, but it could also help their career prospects in later life. After all, employers are looking for candidates who can really connect with a team. As mentioned in the previous point, qualifications are important, but every candidate applying for a job role will have qualifications. You need to go the extra mile to impress a potential employer.

Listening skills are crucial in the workplace, for example. You need to help your child to communicate well with their friends and classmates so that they grow up with the necessary social skills to thrive in the adult world. Even a person’s accent and pronunciation can affect the way in which they’re perceived. You might want to consider English school if your child has a strong accent or struggles to enunciate clearly. It’s better to help them develop good language skills whilst they’re still young rather than letting them struggle once they’re older.

Focus on what they enjoy.

The best career for a person is one which allows them to do work that they love. It’s not a pipe dream if you think about your personality and your academic interests. Your kid might not know what they want to do with their lives, but they probably have clear interests that demonstrate the way in which their mind works. Pay attention to what they enjoy so that you can encourage them to pursue their interests. If they like art then encourage them to study graphic design. If they’re technologically-minded then you could get them a laptop and some coding language books to help them boost their computer science skills. Keep encouraging them to try new things until something sticks.

Focus on what they enjoy.

The best career for a person is one which allows them to do work that they love. It’s not a pipe dream if you think about your personality and your academic interests. Your kid might not know what they want to do with their lives, but they probably have clear interests that demonstrate the way in which their mind works. Pay attention to what they enjoy so that you can encourage them to pursue their interests. If they like art then encourage them to study graphic design. If they’re technologically-minded then you could get them a laptop and some coding language books to help them boost their computer science skills. Keep encouraging them to try new things until something sticks.