How do I choose the school that is just right for my child? This is perhaps the number one question the team at WhichSchoolAdvisor.com hear from parents, and the answer is…well, complex! To help you to make this most important of parenting decisions, we asked four leaders from some of the UAEs most vibrant schools to join us on the latest episode of The School Show podcast.
On this episode of The School Show podcast, we talk to four school leaders about the challenging process that is choosing a school. To make the advice from our guests even clearer, we’ve split the episode into two distinct segments. First, we look at choosing a primary school with Fiona McDermott, Assistant Head at Safa British School and Ben Rothwell, Deputy Head of Victory Heights Primary School. Later on, we look at what makes choosing a secondary school a different proposition with Giles Pruett, Executive Principal of Arcadia School and Matthew Tompkins, Principal-CEO of GEMS FirstPoint School.
The School Show Podcast - How to Choose a Primary School, with Fiona McDermott of Safa British School and Ben Rothwell of Victory Heights Primary School
Listen as our host, WSA Editor Jenny Mollon, Fiona and Ben discuss:
Their own years at primary school…do our guests look back with fondness or with ideas on how to do things differently?
The first thing parents should think about when choosing a school
The differences between a standalone primary and an all through school
Whether curriculum matters at primary school
Whether higher fees mean a ‘better’ school
Advice for choosing a new primary school midway through your child’s primary years
The School Show Podcast - How to Choose a Secondary School, with Giles Pruett of Arcadia School and Matthew Tomkins of GEMS FirstPoint School
In this segment Jenny, Giles and Matthew discuss:
What was great (or not so great!) about our guests own experience of secondary school?
What makes choosing a secondary school different to choosing a primary school?
What are the benefits of attending an all through school?
How much does curriculum matter? Is there a right time to switch curriculum?
Are there certain points in a child’s secondary career when it’s better to move schools? Why?
How much should parents be thinking about post 16 pathways when choosing a school? What should parents look for in a schools’ post 16 provision?
Do high fees always mean great quality? How can parents assess the impact fee point will have on their child’s experience?
Join us for more great guests and education talk on the next episode of The School Show podcast! And if you would like to connect with our expert Editors and other UAE parents alike, why not join the conversation in our Facebook group – Parents United UAE? We would love to hear from you and answer all your school and education questions...