With all this talk of elections, there’s a few other burning issues that I’m mulling over with regards to the future and they are a lot closer to home and heart.
One is SATS – the for and against. The second is tutors – should you or shouldn’t you. The third is private versus public schooling. Big decisions which come with huge responsbility attached to them.
My daughter’s school is not going to put year 6 through the SATS process this year on the basis it detracts from the more fully rounded education they receive in years 3 to 5 and it also adds undue pressure on the children who are already facing a huge step up as they prepare to leave junior school and head into senior / secondary / high school (or whatever you want to call it). I’m not convinced that this is such a good idea when the grown up world is so competitive in the workplace. The decision has been made without consulting parents and it is neither national nor unilateral. What do you think? Are your children undergoing SATS this year?
It seems it is academia or bust for the under 11s. The trend for parents to employ tutors for their children outside of school is one that I am seeing more often among my friends and also school parents I know. They claim their children are behind or not top of the class. Some say their child goes to a school that disapproves of tutors, so they don’t tell the teacher. Others want to give their children a competitive edge, they may have to do entrance exams. It’s a minefield. I don’t use tutors and I’m left wondering if I’m missing a trick.
Secondary School – Pay up or put up?
I am not going to decry the state of the English education system. I don’t have the right. My deep concerns about my daughter’s current education is the lack of sports and arts. Unless you are prepared to go private, you really have to put up with your lot. Or do you? I went through the private system and there was a great deal of pressure to produce results, after all, you pay for a service and you expect a certain level of return on that investment don’t you? Thankfully we still have time to decide on the secondary option. I’m not convinced the independent education sector delivers the social empathy and understanding of society as a whole that the public sector does. Ask me again in a year and I’ll let you know the outcome.