So, what exactly is education? Well, simply put it is the process of learning and knowing. This process of course is not restricted to school textbooks only. Education starts from birth. It is the parents which inculcate good manners and make responsible human beings out of their children. Home is essentially then their first school.
However, typically, when we talk about education we are referring to the formal education that starts from the first school our child attends, where they learn how to behave and understand what is happening around them.
Education is important for everyone in the world. It makes one able to understand what is happening around us
logically and clearly. An educated person has the ability to take viable decisions and make right moves at the right time. Human existence without education is just like fecund land.
Education not only enables individuals to put their potential to best use and do something productive in the upcoming future, but also plays a main role in shaping an individual to be a better, responsible citizen and an active member of the society.
But, just how do you pick the right school? Well, of course you need to do your research, the internet and family/friends is probably the best place to start, but the most important thing to do is visit the school you are considering. In our opinion, the very best option available to you is to attend an open day.
A School Open Day brings to life those glossy brochures that you have been poring over at home for many weeks. It really is a valuable opportunity to see the schools for yourselves; meet the teaching staff, existing pupils and maybe parents who already have children there.For this reason, it is hugely important that you pick the right school to educate your children, your most precious possession. Because only if the school is of a good standard will your child be able to make the very best of their future. So, because education begins at an early age; attaining good promises a good future because it is education that provides good character to the person as they age. Additionally, good education enables one to make best use of one’s skills and talent and helps in fetching the most competitive jobs. Importance of education can be realized in the height achieved by great and famous personalities in different fields of education.
A new centre for the assessment and tuition of dyslexia and dyscalculia and those with similar learning difficulties has opened in Brighouse in West Yorkshire. Brighouse Dyslexia Centre is owned and managed by specialist Francine Garnier. Francine is a highly experienced dyslexia specialist and has extensive experience as a specialist teacher, SENCO, assessor, tutor and training provider. She has experience in both state and independent schools and works with pupils, students and adults of all ages in primary schools, secondary schools, FE and Higher Education. Services such as workplace assessments are also offered to local businesses.
If dyslexic or dyscalculic difficulties (a specific learning difficulty for maths) are not diagnosed early, a pattern of failure can set in which results in loss of self confidence, low self esteem and under achievement. Brighouse Dyslexia centre may be a life line for those who struggle with literacy and numeracy and aims to help people have their difficulties identified and recognised so appropriate support can be put into place. Francine says, “For school aged children, parents can struggle to have their concerns recognised at school, which sometimes means difficulties are not picked up early enough, or expertise or resources in school may be difficult to access. Brighouse Dyslexia Centre provides a service to bridge this gap”.
Some students may only have their difficulties recognised when they have difficulty passing exams at college or university . For other people difficulties may become apparent in the work place. Brighouse Dyslexia offers services including diagnostic dyslexia and dyscalculia assessments for children, college and university students and adults, exam access arrangement assessments, Disabled Students Allowance Assessments (DSA), work based assessments, visual stress assessments and specialist private tuition for children, teenagers and adults.
School, college, university and the work place can be incredibly difficult for someone with undiagnosed difficulties. People can become incredibly frustrated with their inability to meet expectations. Those with undiagnosed difficulties may feel humiliated or ashamed of their difficulties and question their ability to learn. When difficulties are not recognized high levels of anxiety may become associated with literacy tasks and a cycle of hurt, anger and frustration can develop. People can become fearful and stressed because of their constant frustration and they may be unable to tolerate the amount of failure they perceive themselves to be experiencing.
Early diagnosis, support and intervention are crucial in helping avoid this destructive cycle. Following a diagnostic assessment by a specialist, a full report is produced pinpointing precisely the area of difficulty. People often feel better about themselves when they know there is a reason for their difficulties. Suitable support and intervention work alongside strategies and suggestions as to how parents, educators and employers can help the person move forward form part of the report recommendations.
Once a diagnosis is in place educators are able to teach to learning strengths, use creative adaptations in lessons, provide additional support and set achievable goals. This helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem and break the cycle of failure and frustration.
The Centre is building close working relationships with local schools, colleges, universities and employers. Francine comments, “Brighouse Dyslexia Centre is sensitive to individual’s needs. Dyslexic difficulties can and should be addressed – dyslexia and dyscalculia should not condemn people to low achievement.”
For diagnosis, support and specialist dyslexia tuition, contact Francine Garnier 07971 105743. www.brighousedyslexia.co.uk
Drop-in open days are very well prepared and organised, with talks from the Head, walk-around tours of all the facilities, plenty of staff on hand to answer questions, displays of music, drama, sports, DT, and inspiring classwork on the walls. This is the school on its best behaviour, showing its strengths of which everyone is justifiably proud. Open Days are the safest way to choose a school that you will be happy with. You may have set your heart on a particular school, but it is not uncommon for parents to change their mind and select another school after visiting the competition.
On the day of the open day make sure you have a good look around with an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions; child guides particularly can be very
candid! Look for work of all ability ranges on display, if there is plenty, this suggests the school is proud of all its students, not just the top achievers. Do the pupils seem genuinely engaged by inspiring and enthusiastic teachers? Take your child along and involve them, especially when looking at secondary schools. They will pick up a child’s-
eye perspective you may miss, and will have a different view. There’s no point crowing over the art department if your child only wants to explore the sports or science facilities.
You know your child better than anyone and are their best ally in finding a school where they will fit in and thrive. Open days are the closest you can possibly get to attending the school yourself and finding out what the school can offer your child for their most important years in terms of social growth and education.
Training After School
Not all adults working in the United Kingdom today were lucky enough to get the best education when they were growing up. Others may feel that over the years the lessons they learnt back at school have been long lost and forgotten. There may be others who had a very good schooling, but has gone into areas of work that need you to learn new skills. Well, post-school training is becoming increasingly important to those out of work, employees and businesses. Learning something new can open doors for you. It can help you to earn more money, get a better job or do something you really enjoy.
Benefits for Businesses
Businesses today must do everything possible to stay competitive and maintain a highly skilled, motivated staff. Despite today’s very competitive job market, employees often have little hesitation when it comes to searching for a new job if they become unhappy with their current employer. In order to keep employees satisfied, boost morale, and remain competitive, employers need to be aware of the need for further training and education of personnel.
Keeping Skills Current
One of the most important reasons to offer further training and education to employees is to ensure that work skills stay current. Keeping employees up-to-date regarding software applications, the latest thinking on logistical methods, and ways to improve efficiency are all necessary to keep businesses on a level playing field with competitors. Training is also an excellent way to retain the best employees. An unsuccessful company is one that does not keep up with trends in business, that is reluctant to change, and that has an unmotivated job staff with stagnant skills.
One of the most popular methods of further training is that of computer-assisted instruction. Employees complete specific modules of instruction, usually at the employee’s own pace. Accurate monitoring of the employee’s progress is possible, and the amount of time an employee spends on a specific module is adjustable, dependent upon need. Another common method of training is the workshop model, where groups of employees learn through a combination of audiovisual aids, games, role-playing, and occasionally through lecture.
Offering senior staff and management the opportunity to learn about the jobs of the support staff is another frequent choice when companies are considering what types of training employees need. Often, management is unaware of what the hourly employees do on a day-to-day basis. They may believe that those employees are not critical to the company’s operation, or that they can be quickly and easily replaced. Training management-level employees to do non-management tasks encourages an understanding and appreciation among all company personnel and can give rise to new ideas and suggestions for improvements to current practices.
When employees learn to do the jobs of other employees, called cross-training, the business gains security by enabling an employee to step in should another become unavailable due to illness, a leave of absence, or a promotion. The company can remain productive when the option of relocating employees as needed is available. In addition, exposing staff to different jobs and departments within the company imparts a greater knowledge of how each position is important to the big picture. Employees gain an understanding of the value of the entire staff and a greater respect for each individual’s contributions. This is a moral booster and a great way of encouraging respect among employees.
Businesses wishing to retain the best employees and stay competitive in the marketplace today must offer further training to their personnel. Employees respond positively to the opportunity to improve their job skills, which results in greater job satisfaction. A well-trained staff with good morale is an enormous asset to any company.
The hottest period in the educational calendar
It is great to browse through all those glossy brochures and re-visit them time and time again, but there really is no substitute for experiencing an Open Day. An open day is your best opportunity to uncover what you really want to know about courses and learning opportunities; the stuff you won’t find in a prospectus. It’s also the only way you’ll truly get a ‘feel’ for what studying (plus maybe living and socialising) is really going to be like. As soon as you enter the big building which possesses so many possibilities and aspirations, there will be someone there to talk you through every possible query you may have. There may well be accommodation to think about (university), questions that need to be answered about the level of support available during and after education, along with queries relating to the availability of study resources, and also be sure to inquire about any specific queries regarding the actual learning. But what is often the most important thing is that you get a good warm feel about the place.
Colleges and Universities are obviously different and so you may have different questions or be looking out for different things. A college program is shorter than an undergraduate degree and not as highly academic either. Instead, a college focuses more on applied knowledge and hands on learning for a simpler path, into a specific career. The structure of the day is different too. In many university programs students have a lot of leeway in creating their own schedules, whereas, college classes are often fairly fixed and the ‘school days’ can be pretty intensive. So just bare these points in mind when you attend an open day.
Young people typically aged 16-18 can go onto further education which may include sixth forms, colleges, training providers and apprenticeships. Qualifications offered include GCSEs, A levels and diplomas. Foundation learning gets you ready for GCSEs and BTECs or apprenticeships and work.
And for those entering into learning after primary school, now is the hottest period in the educational calendar for parents to look at potential school places. Before you attend a school open day, do look through the prospectus, and ask yourself: does my child have natural abilities in the performing arts,
music or sport? Is he or she more academically focused? This is because some schools are more geared to vocational training and qualifications for later life than others. When you do arrive at the school, do you feel welcome? Does the school look well-maintained? Speak to the head teacher and try to form an idea of the direction he or she is taking the school in and what plans they have. Find out about entrance policy, and if prospective pupils have to sit an exam, do ask to see a past paper. Extracurricular activities are also important, so find out what activities are offered at lunchtime or in the evenings. If you have work commitments which means your child has to go to school early or go home late, is there a “breakfast club” or after school activities? One final tip, don’t take your child with you to open days, if you really like the school arrange with the headmaster for another time to return. This way you can come back with your child and judge their reaction to the school and its teachers.
Your steps to stress-free childcare!
“Mum, where are we going on holiday this year?” Half term is only just over and your children are asking you about their school holidays. You’re working, juggling sports days and school fetes and trying to book a family holiday and you really haven’t had time to think as far as July and August.
Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and follow these five steps to stress-free childcare:
1) Check out summer childcare options EARLY. Often kids’ clubs offer discounts for early booking so take advantage of it.
2) Speak to your friends and family, compare notes and diaries. If you need to help each other out, find out when your friends are going to be around; if they’re not, look at flexible childcare options where you can switch days around up to a week before, even if you book early.
3) Feed their passion and don’t feel guilty about working during the school holidays. If your children are happy developing their love for tennis, football, cookery, dance, music or adventure to name a few, then book them on to a week-long progressive course and you can rest assured that they are enjoying learning new skills. It’s educational and will enhance any skills they are currently acquiring through their term-time activities. If they’d prefer to experience a range of activities a multi-activity camp which offers variety might be more suitable. Other factors to consider include value for money, hours, staff qualifications/experience and distance from work or home.
4) Plan play dates with your children’s friends. Looking after children for 6+ weeks can be daunting and exhausting. Most parents find it less stressful to team up with other families for day trips or reciprocal play dates. The children are usually happier with friends around and nag Mum or Dad less! Some camps will even link your child’s booking to a friend’s so they are in the same group.
School Open Days
Open days shine life on the glossy brochures that have been scrutinized for far too long now. At last the opportunity has come to see the schools and meet the teaching staff, pupils and even parents whose children already attend the school. Drop-in open days are always very well prepared and organised. Open days are the perfect opportunity to grab a very good feel about a school, they are the safest way to choose a school that you will be happy with, a chance to experience the atmosphere and sample the schools philosophies. On these days there’s always talks from the head, tours showing all the very best facilities, plenty of staff on hand to answers questions and of course the chance to see displays of music, drama, sports, DT, and inspiring classwork on the walls.
On the day of the open day make sure you have a good look around and approach the school with an open mind. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, the more the merrier, not only do you answer your own questions but others too. Take your child along and involve them, they may well pick up on things that you don’t pick up on yourself, after all, they do have the necessary attributes to be able see things from a young person’s perspective and together with your own perspective you’ll both be comfortable with your final decision.
You know your child better than anyone and you are their best ally in finding a school where they will fit in and thrive. Open days are the closest you can possibly get to attending the school yourself and finding out what the school can offer your child.