Last week it was my schools open day and I realised that as a teacher I know specifically what to look for when going round on a school open day and that many parents could benefit from this expertise.

Below you will find my top five tips for choosing a school for your child

My Top Five Tips

1. Speak to the students.

Ask them questions, what they like and what they don’t like. Children generally tell the truth and you will get a sense of what it is like to be a student at that school.

2. Speak to the teachers.

Ask them questions and observe the relationship between them and the students. Also do your research and google “teacher turnover rate” for that school. If teachers are staying it usually means that they enjoy working there and that is a good thing.

3. Ask questions relating to your son or daughters interest.

If they have a passion for poetry or knitting see what the school provides in terms of extra curricular activity and if they could offer it.

4. Ask about the Special Educational Needs (SEN) department.

A society is judged on how it treats its most vulnerable members and the same is true for a school. If they have a good SEN department then chances are it is a good school.

5. Take notes.

You will be handed a lot of literature which shows the school in its best light. You want to take notes so that you can remember how you felt when you visited the school and you can use it to help you make your decision.

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