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10 Tips to Choose a School

When it comes to choosing a good school, there are a variety of things that need to be taken into consideration. Location and a manageable fee structure are important, and finding a school that provides a curriculum that suits your child’s needs is essential.

Ms. Lamb advises parents to check school performance reports before deciding on a specific school in order to make sure that the quality of education is high. Touring the school campus would be beneficial as well, as you are able to experience the school environment firsthand and be able to decide whether or not the school is the perfect fit for your child.

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hi I’m Alison Lamb and I’m principal at
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below thank you when selecting the right
school for your child it’s really
important first to look at the location
of schools around your home and also the
fees firstly the location side you need
to consider the amount of travel that
your child will be doing each day while
going while going to school and back and
also within fees it needs to be a
manageable fee structure for you and
your family in this the requirements
beyond that would I think you would need
to look at the curriculum and the
subjects to which the school is covering
the curriculum is really important
particularly when you’re looking at the
future public examinations that your
child will need to take for their future
needs and employment and whether they
will be studying in UAE or backand in
their home countries the next point I
think parents would need to consider is
doing some research on the quality of
education of schools that they’ve
selected so I would be looking at khd
inspection reports the divided schools
inspection reports and looking
particularly at the quality of teaching
and learning the next aspect I think a
parent should be looking at is the
school environment obviously this can be
done through social media and looking at
pictures but I think it’s more important
to visit the schools that they’ve
selected and then looking at the
environment making sure that the
environment is safe and secure first
then looking inside taking a tour
meeting teachers seeing students in
their environment and looking and
feeling the positivity is it engaging
are there good facilities
rich resources and just getting an
instinct a real good feeling for what
school life is like in addition to the
school environment it is also important
to ask specific questions whilst on your
school tour asking about class sizes how
lunchtimes work how the transportation
operates these are really important
because this will have an impact on your
child’s well-being during the school day
and this brings me on wellbeing is so
important in school life it’s important
that you ask about staff well-being and
student well-being because both
correlate to each other
students need to be happy and safe at
schools so ask about school policies on
positive behavior management how schools
deal with bullying incidents and and
keep your children safe whilst they’re
in the school environment the next
aspect is really ask about parent
involvement it’s generally known that
high levels of parent involvement mean
that schools are high level schools as
the engage parents in school life school
decisions so look at whether schools
have strong PTAs governance look at
their social media and get a real good
feel for the community that is involved
in school life and finally I think
parents need to also look at the
leadership team and how the school is
structured strong leadership with a
focus on high levels of learning and
inclusion and in a school that has
vision a strong vision for going forward
and what it strongly believes in and
sharing that with the community to
conclude I would like to say that I
think once you actually visit the school
you will feel it you’ll you will have an
instinct that it’s the right the right
school for your child and I hope this
short video has helped you with some
ideas of what to look for when choosing
the right school for your child thank
you

About the Speaker

Alison Lamb has more than 27 years of experience as an educator in the UK and the UAE. She is a graduate of Northumbria with a specialism in Primary Education, and she secured her qualification in Headship from Newcastle in 2002. Ms. Lamb joined Dubai Heights Academy in 2019 and works through its development to all-through provision. 

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