WSA TV: How to Choose a School

Our WSA TV series continues by asking four school leaders, “How should I choose a school? There is, of course, no single answer...
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Our WSA TV series continues with a discussion about choosing a school in the UAE. “How should I choose a school?", is the most common question we are asked by parents. The answer, we are told, depends on understanding your child's needs and how he or she can flourish...

The question that usually follows, "How should I choose a school?", is "What is the best school in the UAE?" This is a trick question, because there is no one best school. There are many factors that need to be considered when deciding on a school. To help us we’ve brought together leaders from four schools in the UAE to talk about the key issues that you need to think about before choosing a school.

Representing a range of primary and secondary, British, US and IB schools, our panel of experts includes:

• Rachel Cashin, Principal at Smart Vision School
• Dr Pablo Fetter, CEO at Capital School
• Elise Furr, Head of Secondary at Swiss International Scientific School
• Michaela Barber, Vice Principal at Repton School Dubai

Together, they will explore:

• How important is the curriculum in choosing a school?
• What should early years parents be looking for?
• There’s a big differential in price in the UAE’s schools. But should the cost of education play a role in decision making?
• What are the advantages, and disadvantages of an all-through school?
• How important is the school tour?
• How important is it to look at IGCSE, IB, A Level results?
• What should you be looking for in terms of schools community.

We at believe that parents deserve the best possible information to make choices around their child's education.  We hope that this episode of WSA TV will help you to make an inform decision about which school is right for your child.

We'd love to hear your feedback on WSA TV!  What are the topics that you would like to see us discuss with education experts?  Get in touch and let us know by emailing [email protected]

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