Adam Caller, founder of leading private tuition provider Tutors International and independent education consultant, has published advice to parents on what to do when plans for their children’s education doesn’t live up to expectations.
Adam Caller, founder of leading private tuition provider Tutors International and independent education consultant, has published advice to parents whose arrangements for educating their children at a chosen school don’t go as planned.
Moving school is something some parents and students will have to deal with. Starting a new school, whether at home or abroad, is a big transition. Finding the right school is an important decision and one that doesn’t always work out as planned.
There are many reason parents may feel that their child is not in the right setting for their educational needs. When discussing this topic, Adam Caller commented “Parents generally try to find the right school for their children, but sometimes their options are limited, their situation changes or things go wrong.”
“We understand that every child is unique and sometimes a well-regarded school may not deliver the right education for your child. Allowing young people to fulfil their potential and enjoy learning is vital for their future and well-being” the educational expert continued.
However, before undertaking a move, there are aspects that parents should consider:
• What curricula do the potential new schools follow?
• Is the child required to slot into an existing curriculum or will provision be made to continue on their existing path?
• Will the child need to learn a new language before starting school?
• How far away is the school from the new family home and how will transport be arranged?
• What is the provision for special needs education in the school?
There is another option, a private home tutor can cater to the needs of your child, as well as fitting in with your lifestyle.
Tutors International is often asked to recruit a full-time private tutor at short notice, and although this is sometimes necessary when existing plans have failed, it is something that should not be left to the last minute if at all possible. Mr Caller warns parents: “Finding the right tutor is crucial and it can be time-consuming to find the right one, especially for mid-term transfers as tutors are usually already employed elsewhere.”
There are options available to families if their choice doesn’t go as planned, these include:
• Keep your child in the chosen school and hire an after-school tutor to help fill the aspects not being met by the school.
• Move the child to another school where the education provision is more appropriate.
• Hire a full-time private tutor for home tuition to meet your child’s educational needs.
“Some children make in-year transitions to a new school with ease but others struggle to fit in, or to maintain academic performance. In these instances, it’s important that parents know what their options are, and what support is available to them,” concludes Mr Caller.
Mr Caller urges parents to examine the schooling options in their new location carefully and thoroughly before committing. If there are doubts, be sure to address them as early as possible.