WSA TV: Tackling the Topics that Matter

The WhichSchoolAdvisor.com team are hard at work preparing for another series of WSA TV, taking on topics we know matter to parents in the UAE. The series will be broadcast LIVE on our Facebook page on Tuesday 25th February, from 9am onwards.
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On Tuesday 25th February, the WhichSchoolAdvisor.com team will host a brand new series of WSA TV, taking on the topics we know matter most to parents.  

We have invited 19 education and child wellbeing experts from across the UAE to discuss a diverse range of subjects and we would love our readers to join the discussion.

The episodes will be broadcast live on WhichSchoolAdvisor.com Facebook page and later shared here, on the WSA site.  

Do you have a question for our panelists?  We would love to hear from you...email editor@whichschooladvisor.com to submit your questions to the panel or ask your question LIVE via WSA Facebook on the day.

School readiness

The first episode, to be broadcast on Facebook at 9am on Tuesday 25th February, will look at the youngest school students and ask the question "Is My Child Ready for School?"  Our WSA host will be joined by Sharon Robertson, Head of Early Years at Kent College Dubai, Amy Milne, Principal of Oaktree Primary School and Anisha Pervaz, Head of Foundation Stage at The Arbor School.   

Together our panelists will help parents understand the topic of 'school readiness' by answering questions around school vs nursery, signs of school readiness and how we can prepare our children for school.

Do you have a question for our panelists?  We would love to hear from you...email editor@whichschooladvisor.com to submit your questions to the panel or ask your question LIVE via Facebook on the day.  

Parent and School Partnerships

Our discussion will then move on to "Parent and School Partnerships".  This episode will be broadcast live at 10am on Tuesday 25th February.  

Our panelists for this important topic will be Ian Wallace, Head Teacher of Horizon English School, Bill Debrugge, Principal of Dunecrest American School and Tracey Crowder-Cloe of Repton School Dubai

How best can parents work in partnership with their child's school?  How can we be a part of our school's community? Tune in to see our panelists share their expertise and insight.

Supporting Children with Different Needs

At 11am on Tuesday 25th February, our WSA host will discuss "Supporting Children with Different Needs" with Zara Harrington, Principal of Safa British School, Nisha Mistry, Clinical Director at Sensation Station, Wayne Howsen, Principal of The Aquila School and Mina Shafik, Clinical Psychologist at Thrive Wellbeing Centre.  

If your child has different needs, it can be difficult to understand how school, home and external support providers should work together to provide the very best for your child.  Watch as our experts answer your questions on this hugely important topic.

Do you have a question for our panelists?  We would love to hear from you...email editor@whichschooladvisor.com to submit your questions to the panel or ask your question LIVE via WSA Facebook on the day.

University - which, where, why?

WSA TV aims to cover all stages of a child's educational career, so at 12pm on Tuesday 25th February we will ask the highly topical question "Is University Necessary for Success?"

In the rapidly changing world of work, does university still matter as it once did?  Join WSA TV to see our panelists take on this interesting subject.  Our panelists will be Sanam Yacqub of the University of Birmingham  Dubai, Amber Singh, Careers and Well Being Counsellor at Sunmarke School and Christophe Savard, VP Students Careers at GEMS Education.

Managing change

At 1pm on Tuesday 25th February we will be joined by three education experts to discuss "Successful Transitions: Managing Change in my Child's Education". 

With 'change' being something of a byword for expat life, it is vital that parents are able to help their children manage change with confidence and positivity.  Our panelists for this discussion will be; Jo Wells, Principal of South View School, Dr Stephanie Chattman of Universal American School Dubai and Louise Rolf, Deputy Head of Secondary and Pastoral Head at Kings' School Al Barsha.

Pathway choices

The final topic for this second series of WSA TV will be "Supporting my Child's Choices". 

Broadcast live from 2pm on Tuesday 25th February, our panelists and host will look at how parents can best help our children to make good choices for their education. 

Our WSA host and will talk to Paul Gardner, Deputy Head of Secondary at Deira International School, Louise Brown, Head of Sixth Form at Nord Anglia School Dubai and Simon Crane, Acting Head of Brighton College Dubai about issues as diverse as;

  • making the right choices for GCSE options in Year 9
  • vocational vs academic courses
  • what if my child makes the wrong choice?

Do you have a question for our panelists?  We would love to hear from you...email editor@whichschooladvisor.com to submit your questions to the panel or ask your question LIVE via WSA Facebook on the day.

Watch the first series of WSA TV by clicking the links below:

> HOW TO CHOOSE A SCHOOL
> HOW TO CHOOSE A CURRICULUM
> A GUIDE TO WELLBEING IN SCHOOLS
> HOW TO DETERMINE VALUE IN EDUCATION

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